7:30PM, Saturday, September 25, 2021
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8

Leslie Dala, conductor
Danika Lorén, soprano

With great anticipation and careful planning, we’re heading back to the stage and hoping you’ll join us!

The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra opens its 91st season with a musical celebration!

Maestro Leslie Dala leads the SSO through the passion music of Bizet’s Carmen, the bubbly joy of Bernstein’s Candide, and so much more.

Soprano Danika Lorén is one of Saskatoon’s most highly celebrated classical artists, and she returns home to perform arias that showcase her world-class voice. At times lush, then quicksilver in boundless coloratura, Lorén’s performances are always show-stopping!

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The Program

Opening Night Celebration

Leslie Dala, conductor
Danika Loren, soprano
Michael Swan, violin
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

Overture to Candide
Leonard Bernstein

Overture to L’italiana in Algeri
Gioachino Rossini

“Je veux vivre dans le rêve” from Romeo and Juliette
Charles Gounod

Carmen Suite No. 1

Ia. Aragonaise
II. Intermezzo
III. Seguedille
IV. Les dragons d’Alcala
V. Les Toreadors

Georges Bizet

“Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante” from Carmen
Georges Bizet

Selections from Carmen Suite No. 2

VI. Marche des Contrebandiers
VII. Habanera
IX. Chanson du Toreador

Georges Bizet

“Dodo, mon tout petit” from Louis Riel
Ian Cusson
Opera by Harry Somers and Mavor Moore

Méditation from Thaïs
Jules Massenet

“Ain’t it a Pretty Night” from Susannah
Carlisle Floyd

Overture to West Side Story
Leonard Berstein

Leslie Dala


Conductor Leslie Dala enjoys a multifaceted career spanning the genres of opera, symphonic music, choral and contemporary works. On the podium, he is known for his passionate, dynamic, and charismatic approach to music making. Named one of the top ten artistic leaders by the Vancouver Sun, Dala’s national profile has grown steadily with guest conducting appearances with Pacific Opera Victoria, Saskatoon Opera, Thunder Bay & Kamloops Symphonies, Thirteen Strings of Ottawa, the COSI Festival in Sulmona, Italy, the Goh Ballet, University of Toronto Opera Department and the Glenn Gould School Opera Program.

Danika Lorèn


Multifaceted artist Danika Lorèn has not only made a name for herself as a vocalist, but also as a director and composer. Having obtained a masters degree in opera at the University of Toronto, Danika continued training as a vocalist with the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Program from 2016-18. Some of Danika’s signature roles include: Gilda (Rigoletto), Musetta (La Bohème), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Ginevra/Dalinda (Ariodante), Despina (Così fan Tutte) and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro).

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This concert also includes:

Evan Friesen – Violin
Hans Deason – Cello
Thomas Bauer – Flute
Dean McNeill – Trumpet
Will Martin – Percussion
Michelle Aalders – Piano and Celeste
Keri Zwicker – Harp

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Program Notes

The Carmen Suites

The two Carmen orchestral suites beautifully capture some of the show’s most memorable moments and bring the drama of the opera stage into the concert hall. Though writing for a…

Bizet’s Carmen

Georges Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most beloved pieces of theatre in the operatic canon. The story’s exotic locations, which include a Sevillian cigarette factory, a bullring, and a…