7:30PM, Saturday, December 4, 2021
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8

Maria Fuller, conductor
Falynn Baptiste, vocalist

This event is proudly presented by Nutrien

Haul out the holly, it’s time for some holiday cheer!

The SSO is joined by Saskatchewan-born Maestra Maria Fuller in a night of festive music to kick off your holiday season. The night features the SSO in some of your favourite holiday classics like White Christmas, Sleigh Ride, and so much more!

Falynn Baptiste released her album “A Cree Christmas”, and when we heard it we knew we needed to have her bring her gorgeous voice to the SSO’s holiday celebrations. We’re excited to have her joining us for her SSO debut.

There’s much holiday family fun in store, and maybe a few surprise guests!


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The Program

Holiday Pops
Presented by Nutrien

Maria Fuller, conductor
Falynn Baptiste, vocalist
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

A Christmas Festival
Leroy Anderson

What Child is This?
Arr. Maria Fuller
Transl. Falynn Baptiste

Merry Christmas Polka
Guy Lombardo
Arr. Maria Fuller

Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel
Arr. Maria Fuller

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

Hark the Herald
Arr. Maria Fuller

Do You Hear What I Hear? (kipêhtên cî kâ-pêhtamân?)
Gloria Shayne
Arr. Maria Fuller
Transl. Falynn Baptiste

White Christmas
Irving Berlin
Arr. Robert Russell Bennett

Carol of the Metallic Bells
Mykola Leontovych
Arr. Maria Fuller

Oh Holy Night
Adolphe Adam
Arr. Maria Fuller

Silent Night
Franz Xaver Gruber
Arr. Maria Fuller

Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson


*Order subject to change.


Maria Fuller


[box]From Earl Grey, Saskatchewan, Canada, Maria Fuller is an internationally active performer as a conductor, pianist and trumpeter, and is also an acclaimed vocal coach, composer and arranger. As a conductor, Ms. Fuller has a wide range of repertoire and interests, from J.S. Bach to Steve Reich, from Richard Strauss to renowned Canadian composer, Elizabeth Raum. Equally adept in the opera pit and on the concert stage, she shows a winning charisma and infectious joy in her music-making.

In the opera house, Fuller has worked with the Saskatoon and Cincinnati Opera Companies and most recently conducted Mozart’s La Clemenza Di Tito on the Main Stage series at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Last spring Ms. Fuller served as Repetiteur and Assistant Conductor with Saskatoon Operas production of Die Fledermaus, and will return as Music Director next season. Equally adept in the ballet pit, Ms. Fuller conducted the Nutcracker with the TBSO and Minnesota Ballet last December. Maria is now the Resident Conductor and Chorus Director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.

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Falynn Baptiste


[box]My mother says I came into the world a songbird, humming and singing to myself when I was a little girl. My late nôkum (grandmother) and nôhtawiy (father) were gifted with song, thus music has always been a part of my life. I was blessed to have been raised on Red Pheasant First Nation among a very large family, rooted in my nêhiyaw culture, traditions and language. I am also proud to be Mêtis and come from an equally large family with strong roots from Cumberland House, SK. My late mosom’s (grandfathers), nokum’s (grandmothers), my parents and their siblings were first language Cree speakers.  Along with language, prayer and spirituality were instilled in us.  My late grandparents made connections between their Cree spiritual teachings and the teachings of the Catholic church. One teaching did not replace the other, instead the two ways of praying walked side by side in harmony and respect.  As such, we regularly went to church.  At an early age, I began singing church songs that had been translated to the the Cree language.  One of my first large audience performances was of “Amazing Grace” in Cree at the age of 14.  I went on to do many performances over the years where people have requested songs sung in Cree, often hymns such as Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art.

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This concert also includes:

Frank Harrington – Trumpet
Andra Wist – Percussion
Sofia Mycyk – Keyboard

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Program Notes