7:30PM, Saturday, December 9, 2023
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8

Rosemary Thomson, conductor
Garry Gable
Donny Parenteau
And other special guests!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we’re ready to celebrate it!
Maestro Rosemary Thomson joins the SSO and her dear friend Garry Gable who reprises his fantastic narration of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

We’re thrilled to have fiddler and singer-songwriter Donny Parenteau making his SSO debut with some Christmas cheer!

We’re sure your heart will grow three sizes this show!


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The Program

Holiday Pops
with the Grinch!

Rosemary Thompson, conductor
Donny Parenteau
Gary Gable, narrator
University Chorus and Aurora Voce
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra


A Christmas Festival
Leroy Anderson

Silent Night
Donny Parenteau
Arr. Paul Suchan

I love Christmas
Donny Parenteau
Arr. Paul Suchan

A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Gary Fry


The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Mel Torme and Robert Wells
Arr. Bob Lowden

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Albert Hague

Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson

The Artists

Garry Gable

Garry Gable has enjoyed a performing career that has taken him across Canada and into the USA and China in all types of classical music, musical theater, drama, television, radio,…

Donny Parenteau

Donny Parenteau is a proud Métis Country Music artist & was born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Donny’s Saskatchewan Metis heritage goes all the way back to Louis Riel…

Rosemary Thomson, conductor

Conductor Rosemary Thomson has proven herself as a highly skilled musician with experience in conducting a wide variety of repertoire and programming innovative audience-centred presentations. Rosemary is currently in her…

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This concert also includes:
Horn – Stacey Mortemson-Spokes
Trumpet – Dean McNeill, Adam Streisel
Percussion – Andra Wist
Keyboard – Michelle Aalders, Kerry Agnew

Aurora Voce
Dr. Jennifer Lang, conductor

Julie Abbs
Derek Cameron
John Cody
Emily Coupal
Jillian Cyca
Heidi Dick
Max Eyre-Wilkins
Dylan Flowers
Sarah Haugen
Andrea Johnson
Alicia Kehrig
Jordan Kornelsen
Justin La
Elise Parsonage
Brianna Penner
Amy Rybinski
Britni Shingoose
Vita Skvairson
Breann Steckler
Danielle Strong
Heather Wood

Dr. Jennifer Lang, conductor

Jacklin Andrews
Gloria Boerma
Eric Boulter
Esther Casey
Vivian Ducharme
Joanne Ens
Emmanuella Evangeline Esseku
Sonja Gabruch
William Hampton
Fiona Haynes
Alanna Hoesgen
Anne-Marie Hughes
Mattea Hughes
Andrea Johnson
Astrid Johnson
Emily Jung
Meera Kachroo
Violet Kennedy
Gwynn Ketel
Crystal Ketel
Michelle LaBrash
Cathy LaFleche
Chelsea Lai
Kathleen Linn

Sarah Longstaff
Adele Longstaff
Colin McQuillan
Deborah Miket
Cory Neudorf
Nicholas Nguyen
Kristin Ottenbreit
Diane Peters
Michiko Sawa
Valerie Stacey
Adrienne Vandenberg
Mardell Vols

Special Thanks

Thanks to the Saskatoon Concert Band for the use of their crotales.
Thanks to the University of Saskatchewan Music Department for the use of their crotales.

Program Notes

Gary Fry, composer

Gary Fry is an Emmy-winning composer, arranger, producer, conductor, and music educator. He has crafted music for recordings, films, commercials, publication, and live performance. Significant credits include his work as…

Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel, was a beloved American author and illustrator famous for his iconic children’s books. He was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts, and…

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” was published in 1957 and quickly became a holiday classic. The story revolves around the Grinch, a grouchy and mean creature who despises…

Albert Hague, composer

Albert Hague (born Albert Marcuse; October 13, 1920 – November 12, 2001) was a German-American composer, songwriter, and actor. He is best known for his work in musical theatre and…

Christmas Festival

Christmas Festival is a delightful medley arranged by the American composer Leroy Anderson. Anderson blends light classical music with popular and folk elements. He created Christmas Festival as a celebration…

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

A Child’s Christmas in Wales is a poetic and nostalgic work by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Thomas grew up in Wales during the early 20th century. The piece takes us…

Join us in the Lobby

We have some treats for you in the lobby on December 9th! Join us from 6:45-7:10 in the lobby for some carols with the low brass. It’s a fun holiday…

Join us at the Hub

The concert ends, you exit TCU Place, and you’re still brimming with excitement after such a fabulous evening. Where to next? Cross the street and join us over at the…

What’s happening at the Bassment

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Pfeffernusse with Margaret!

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Toffee for Christmas – Watch Party Idea

This post was part of our holiday celebrations in 2020, but we wanted to bring this wonderful recipe back for you! At the SSO offices, December means one thing…our Director…

Leroy Anderson’s Music is Christmas

Not many people do their best thinking during a heat wave. Then again, most people are not Leroy Anderson. The original idea for the light-hearted orchestral romp known as “Sleigh…

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