7:30PM, Saturday, March 2, 2024
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8

Cosette Justo Valdés, conductor
Kinan Azmeh, clarinet

Curiosity, Genius, and the Search for Petula Clark – Kelly-Marie Murphy
Pelléas et Mélisande –
Gabriel Faure
Symphonic Minutes –
Erno Dohnanyi
Suite for Improviser and Orchestra – Kinan Azmeh

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One of the most fascinating artists of our times, the multi-faceted Kinan Azmeh has left a lasting impression of his creativity on modern classical music.

Hailed as “intensely soulful” and a “virtuoso” by The New York Times, Winner of the OpusKlassik award in 2019 clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh has gained international recognition for what the New Yorker has called “Spellbinding!” for his distinctive voice across diverse musical genres.

He joins the SSO to perform his own Suite for Improviser and Orchestra.

Maestra Cosette Justo Valdes leads the SSO in this colourful musical adventure.

Kinan Azmeh appears by arrangement with Sciolino Artist Management.

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The Program

Kinan Azmeh with the SSO

Cosette Justo Valdés, conductor
Kinan Azmeh, clarinet
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra


Curiosity, Genius, and the Search for Petula Clark

Kelly-Marie Murphy

Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80

I. Prélude
II. Fileuse (“The Spinner”)
III. Sicilienne
IV. La mort de Mélisande (“The Death of Melisande”)

Gabriel Fauré


Symphonic Minutes, Op. 36

I. Capriccio. Vivacissimo possibile
II. Rapsodia. Andante
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
IV. Tema con Variazione. Andante poco moto
V. Rondo. Presto

Ernö Dohnányi

Suite for Improviser and Orchestra

I. Love on 139th Street in D
II. November 22nd
III. Wedding

Kinan Azmeh

Kinan Azmeh appears by arrangement with Sciolino Artist Management

The Artists

Kinan Azmeh: Clarinet, Composer

“Intensely soulful… Virtuoso” The New York Times  “[Azmeh’s] rhapsodic clarinet [is] able to seduce with a rare intimacy and explode in ecstasy.”  Los-Angeles Times “Spellbinding!”  The New Yorker  “brilliant liquidity and meltingly beautiful…

Cosette Justo Valdés, conductor

With her gorgeous, passionate style and firecracking energy, Cuban-born and raised conductor Cosette Justo Valdés has garnered acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and is a rising star on…

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This concert also includes:

Violin – Alexa Arnyek, Brandon Johnson, Cherie Jarock, Sofia Mycyk, Lauren Dykstra
Cello – Terry Sturge
Harp – Keri Zwicker
Keyboard – Michelle Aalders

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

Ernő Dohnányi, Composer

Ernő Dohnányi (born July 27, 1877, Pozsony, Hung.—died Feb. 9, 1960, New York, N.Y., U.S.) was a Hungarian composer, pianist, and conductor, principally known for his Variations on a Nursery…

Symphonic Minutes

Ernő Dohnányi’s composition Symphonic Minutes comprises of five short movements, each only a couple of minutes long. It has undoubtedly become one of the composer’s most popular works, a popularity…

Gabriel Fauré, composer

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers…

Kelly-Marie Murphy, composer

With music described as “breathtaking” (Kitchener-Waterloo Record), “imaginative and expressive” (The National Post), “a pulse-pounding barrage on the senses” (The Globe and Mail), and “Bartok on steroids” (Birmingham News), Kelly-Marie…

Kinan Azmeh on Improvisation

We would love more than anything to sit down and pick Kinan Azmeh’s brain about the art of improvisation. Lucky for us Jeremy Chapman, of playbyearandimprovise.com, did just that back…

Suite for Improvisor and Orchestra

From the composer, Kinan Azmeh: I have always loved to compose, always loved to play as a soloist with orchestra and I have always loved to improvise, so I decided…

Celebrating the Future

Celebrating the Future A New Donor Appreciation Gala for Season 94! I cannot imagine my life without music. I turn to music when I want to celebrate. I rely on…

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…

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Faure’s Pelleas et Melisande

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