7:30PM, Saturday, October 28, 2023
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8

Sarah Slean Sings The music of Joni Mitchell
Karl Hirzer, conductor

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To celebrate Joni Mitchell’s 80th birthday, the SSO teams up with Sarah Slean to explore music from Mitchell’s albums Both Sides Now and Travelogue. 

Joni Mitchell has gained a reputation as one of the greatest musical artists of all time – it’s extra special to be able to showcase this performance here at the singer-songwriter’s hometown.

Our 2018 performance of Mitchell’s music with Slean was a landmark first live performance of Vince Mendoza’s beautiful orchestrations – this new concert pairs favourites like A Case of You and Both Sides Now with classics like River, Blue, and Circle Game.


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The Program

A Case of You
Sarah Slean Sings the Music of Joni Mitchell

Karl Hirzer, conductor
Sarah Slean, vocals
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

You’re My Thrill
Jay Gorney & Sidney Clare
Arr. Vince Mendoza

At Last
Mack Gordon & Harry Warren
Arr. Vince Mendoza

Answer Me, My Love
Gerhard Winkler & Carl Sigman
Arr. Vince Mendoza

The Circle Game
Joni Mitchell
Arr. Vince Mendoza

River
Joni Mitchell
Arr. Vince Mendoza

Woodstock
Joni Mitchell
Arr. Vince Mendoza

Hejira
Joni Mitchell
Arr. Vince Mendoza

Be Cool
Joni Mitchell
Arr. Vince Mendoza

Sex Kills
Joni Mitchell
Arr. Vince Mendoza

~Intermission~

Judgement of the Moon and Stars
Joni Mitchell
Arr. Vince Mendoza

A Case of You
Joni Mitchell
Arr. Vince Mendoza

I Wish I Were in Love Again
Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers
Arr. Vince Mendoza

Refuge of the Roads
Joni Mitchell
Arr. Vince Mendoza

Blue
Joni Mitchell
Arr. Vince Mendoza

God Must Be A Boogie Man
Joni Mitchell
Arr. Vince Mendoza

Both Sides Now
Joni Mitchell
Arr. Vince Mendoza

 

The Artists

Karl Hirzer, conductor

The gifted young Canadian conductor Karl Hirzer can’t remember a time when he didn’t want to be a musician. ​ Karl grew up in Vancouver, BC, in a household filled…

Sarah Slean, vocals

Signed to Atlantic/Warner Records at the tender age of 19, four-time Juno nominee and modern-day Renaissance woman Sarah Slean has since released 11 albums in over 10 countries worldwide –…

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This concert also includes:

Violin – Evan Barber, Sofia Mycyk, Kayley Grant
Cello – Terry Sturge, Jo Eggleston
Clarinet – Alyssa Thompson, Celestino de Pedro
Bassoon – Jonathan Tait
Saxophone – Mark DeJong
Horn – Stacey Mortenson-Spokes, Roxanne Inch, Elke Mau
Trumpet – Dean McNeill, Hanna Hashi
Trombone – Spencer Krips
Percussion – Andra Wist, Brett Graham
Harp – Keri Zwicker
Piano – Paul Suchan
Bass – Soren Nissen

Special Thanks

Thanks to the Saskatoon Concert Band for the use of their crotales.
Thanks to the Aden Bowman Collegiate Band Program for the use of their Alto Flute.

Program Notes

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Joni Mitchell

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