2:30PM, Sunday, October 16, 2022
St John’s Cathedral
816 Spadina Crescent E
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 3H4

Cosette Justo Valdés, conductor
Casey Peden, soprano
Lisa Hornung, contralto
Spencer McKnight, tenor
Jordie Hughton, bass
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Duff Warkentin, Chorus Conductor

Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout – Gabriela Lena Frank
Dixit Dominus
– Marianna Martines
Rebelión –
Evelin Ramón
– Caroline Shaw

Optimism | Joy | Powerful

Cosette Justo Valdés has led orchestras in her home country of Cuba, in Europe, and now, lucky for us, in Canada. Her unique style and contagious amounts of energy bring new and refreshing interpretations to every performance. She leads the SSO and Chorus in the Canadian premiere of Marianna Martines’s Dixit Dominus.

The concert also includes the world premiere of Evelin Ramón’s brand-new work Rebelión and featured works by Caroline Shaw and Gabriela Lena Frank.

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The Program


Cosette Justo Valdés, conductor
Casey Peden, soprano
Lisa Hornung, contralto
Spencer McKnight, tenor
Jordie Hughton, bass
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Duff Warkentin, Chorus Conductor


Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout

I. Toyos
II. Tarqueada
IV. Chasqui

Gabriela Lena Frank

Evelin Ramón
La création de cette oevre a été rendue possible grâce à l’appui financier du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.


Caroline Shaw

Dixit Dominus

I. Dixit Dominus
II. Virgam virtutis tuae
III. Tecum principium
IV. Juravit Dominus

V. Dominus a dextris tuis

VI. Gloria Patri

VII. Et in saecula

Marianna Martines

The Artists

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…

Spencer McKnight, tenor

Tenor Spencer McKnight has been described as “one of the finest tenor voices” in Canada. McKnight began singing at the age of 17. He was encouraged to pursue music by…

Casey Peden, soprano

Casey Peden holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Alberta.  Her professional development continued through Tafelmusik’s Baroque…

Lisa Hornung, contralto

Honoured as one of the University of Saskatchewan’s Arts and Science Alumni of Influence, Saskatchewan born contralto Lisa Hornung enjoys a singing career that has taken her across Canada, the…

Jordie Hughton, bass

Jordie Hughton is excited to be back as a guest soloist with the SSO! Previous engagements include Mozart’s Coronation Mass (2017) On Broadway with the Fireside Singers (2016) and Handel’s…

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This concert also includes:

Cello – Terry Sturge
Flute – Jennifer McAllister
Oboe – Carl Hofmeister
Piano – Michelle Aalders

Soprano 1
Kathleen Brannen
Megan Grier
Jami Gubbe
Barb Milner
Soprano 2
Shelley Bueckert
Heidi Dick
Susan Ens Funk
Andrea Johnson
Kendra Harder
Kathryn Janzen
Shirl Siebert
Elaine Thaller
Jill Wiens

Tim Bangsund
Peter Cowan
Michael Friesen
Peter Hooge
Derrick Lee
Tyrone McKenzie
Brady Anderson
Erich Chang
Blake Cumming
James Hawn
Jonathan Moore-Wright
Matthew Praksas
Phil Siebert

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Program Notes

Caroline Shaw, composer

Caroline Shaw is a musician who moves among roles, genres, and mediums, trying to imagine a world of sound that has never been heard before but has always existed. She…

Evelin Ramón, composer

Ramón was born in Cuba and finished her doctoral studies in composition at l’Université de Montréal. She studied under the direction of composer Pierre Michaud. She has had the honor…

Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout

This piece was written for string quartet in 2001 and arranged for string orchestra in 2003. Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout draws inspiration from the idea of mestizaje as envisioned by Peruvian…

Gabriela Lena Frank, composer

Currently serving as Composer-in-Residence with the storied Philadelphia Orchestra and included in the Washington Post’s list of the most significant women composers in history (August, 2017), identity has always been at…

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