7:30PM, Saturday, May 7, 2022
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8

Eric Paetkau, Music Director
Miriam Khalil, soprano

“A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything!” ~ Gustav Mahler

Eric Paetkau leads the SSO in Mahler’s ethereal 4th Symphony. A work that never fails to inspire and delight, this concert marks the long awaited return of Mahler’s music to the SSO stage!

The SSO is joined by the radiant soprano Miriam Khalil. The JUNO nominated artist, Miriam Khalil has established herself as one of Canada’s most versatile and expressive performers. She has become increasingly known for her non traditional performances of opera, art song and concert repertoire.

This concert marks Eric’s last as Music Director of the SSO – holding the position the second longest in our history, Eric’s leadership and musicianship will be on full display for a performance that is sure to be one for the history books!

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The Program

Mahler 4

Eric Paetkau, Music Director
Miriam Khalil, soprano
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra


Symphony No. 4 in G Major

I. Bedächtig, nicht eilen
II. In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast
III. Ruhevoll, poco adagio
IV. Sehr behaglich

Gustav Mahler


Miriam Khalil



Juno nominated artist, Miriam Khalil has established herself as one of Canada’s most versatile and expressive performers. She has become increasingly known for her non traditional performances of opera, art song and concert repertoire.

She has sung on numerous opera stages across North America and the UK, including a stint at the renowned Glyndebourne Festival Opera (GFO) in the United Kingdom. Notable roles include Mimì in La Bohème (Canadian Opera Company, Minnesota Opera, Opera Hamilton, Calgary Opera and Against the Grain Theatre (AtG)); Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Opera Tampa and AtG/The Banff Centre/Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival); Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande (AtG); the Governess in The Turn of the Screw (AtG); Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare (GFO); Almirena in Rinaldo (GFO); Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Lyra Ottawa and AtG), Alcina (Fargo Moorhead Opera), Marzelline in Fidelio (Pacific Opera Victoria) and Mamah Cheney in Hagen’s Shining Brow (Urban Arias) among others.

Miriam is a graduate of the prestigious Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, the Steans Institute for Young Artists (Ravinia) and the Britten-Bears Young Artist Programme in England. While in her last year of the COC Ensemble Studio, she advanced to the semi-finals of the Metropolitan Opera Council auditions and represented the Great Lakes Region on the Met stage, during which she was featured in the documentary film The Audition. She is a recipient of multiple awards and grants from the George London Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Scholarships.

She is a proud founding member and Associate Artistic Director of the Dora Mavor Moore Award-winning opera company Against the Grain Theatre (AtG). With vision and dedication, AtG explores different and innovative ways of presenting opera to new and familiar audiences. Miriam is delighted to help shape “one of the most important opera companies in Canada” (Calgary Herald).

Read her full bio here.


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This concert also includes:

Luke Hnenny, Kevin MacMillan – violin 1
Samara St. Louis, Kim de Laforest – violin 2
Terry Sturge,  Sean Whelan – cello
Brenda Moats – flute/piccolo
Jennifer McAllister – flute
Glenda Lindgren – oboe
Alyssa Thompson –  clarinet/bass clarinet
Sandy Wilson – bassoon
Anna Millan – horn
Dean McNeill – trumpet
Will Martin – percussion
Keri Zwicker – harp

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Program Notes

Mahler 4 Listening Guide

Musicologist Dr. Hannah Chan-Hartley has created a series of visual listening guides with the goal of “enhancing the understanding of classical music through engaging visual design”. For this concert, we’re…

Eric Paetkau conducting.

One Last Music Talk

At the end of his 7 season, Maestro Eric Paetkau steps down from the role of Music Director. Ahead of his final concert as Music Director, Eric sat down with…

A Fond Farewell

Eric’s last concert as Music Director is Mahler 4 on May 7th. While we hope you can join us there, we know it might not be possible to say goodbye…