The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that orchestras around the globe went silent, and we’re sure you’re missing the music as much as we are!
Everyone at the SSO feels very strongly that we have been called to ensure that our community is engaged and inspired by music. As such, we’re not making any major decisions about the upcoming season just yet. We are working with Saskatchewan Public Health to explore what the safe return to live events will look like in the months ahead. Thankfully we’ve done an amazing job here in Saskatchewan to contain and limit the spread of COVID-19, so we have a lot of hope in the weeks ahead!
Orchestras around the globe have been slowly and safely reopening – new measures taken to ensure the safety of both musicians and audiences have meant that programming changes have occurred and that reduced in-person capacity is available.
We’re not yet ready to cancel any concert next year, but to be on the safe side we’ve also been re-imagining what could be possible and still address the limits on gatherings. We have some amazing ideas in place, we’re investing in ways to live stream the concerts and create videos of the events so that we can share our music with more people than ever before. We’re exploring how we can make sure of the exceptional talents of our musicians. The bottom line is, we’re looking ahead to a great year – even if its not the one we had originally planned.
We will make decisions on how to address public health requirements in a way that allows us to be flexible and adapt to what is best for the community – on the plus side, we have remarkable creativity on our side!
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For the SSO to remain stable during this difficult time, our only remaining source of revenue is donations. We have been so grateful that our donors have helped us build one of the most vibrant orchestras in Canada over the last few seasons, and we are so incredibly thankful to have donors helping us in this time of need.
The SSO’s annual Book and Music Sale is coming to you this summer in two new and innovative ways!
We’re about to launch online sales – you’ll be able to browse titles and purchase right here on our website. Once you purchase you can do contactless pickup at the SSO offices.
Starting in July, we’ll be opening the Book and Music Sale at our warehouse on 51st Street for limited capacity on weekends. It won’t be as much stock out at a time, but we’ll keep it updated all summer long. We’ll have a limited capacity of shoppers at one time to ensure safe distancing, and new provisions in place to ensure that we’re addressing all risk. More will be announced soon!
We are NOT accepting book and music sale donations at this time at any drop off location, and our volunteers are not going to the sale warehouse.
Message from March 19th, 2020:
It is with deepest sadness, a great deal of anxiety and gratefulness for where we call home, that the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra is forced to cancel the remainder of its 89th season.
Over the course of the last few weeks, we’ve worked hard to best adjust to the requirements on public gatherings, and to address the safety and health of our musicians. Some of the concerts we’ve had to walk away from have literally been years in the making…and we can tell you that as musicians it’s very hard to not be able to share a concert with you.
The COVID-19 pandemic has silenced the arts around the globe. The SSO wants to ensure that we’re able to reopen quickly for concerts with you as soon as we’re able; it will be crucial both artistically and financially to get our musicians back to making music.
Despite the devastating financial impact this has had on the SSO, we’ve been able to create a plan that allows us to keep the core musicians and staff on salary. And we’re working with all of our musicians to ensure that they are able to access all the supports available to them.
We want everyone to be safe and healthy during these challenging times – as such the SSO office’s are closed and staff are working from home. As well, and all public events we had planned between now and May 31st are cancelled or postponed.
We are still available by phone at 306-665-6414 or at email@example.com
March 21st – Accent with SSO – postponed until a future date
March 29th – Mozart Reimagined – postponed until a future date
April 4th – Mozart’s Flute Concerto – cancelled
April 18th – Thorgy and the Thorchestra – postponed until a future date
April 22nd – Time for Toddlers – cancelled
April 28th – Music Talk at McNally – cancelled
May 2nd – Beethoven 250 – cancelled
May 10th – Beethoven Septet – cancelled
May 29th – Link Up – Orchestra Sings – cancelled
All ticket holders will have received an email or a call – please reach out to the SSO at firstname.lastname@example.org or 306-665-6414 to resolve your ticket situation.
If you have not received communication about a cancelled concert, please reach out to us.
JOIN US ONLINE!
We have a lot of great opportunities for things to do on our social media and our blog over the coming weeks. Catch videos of past performances, Meet the Musicians in your Neighbourhood, read up about fascinating subjects, take a class, and even play some trivia!
Our online activities are starting up the first week of April and will continue from then on out!
You can link to all of the SSO’s social media pages at the bottom of this page.