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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Opening Night Celebration
Leslie Dala, conductor
Danika Loren, soprano
Michael Swan, violin
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
Overture to Candide
Overture to L’italiana in Algeri
“Je veux vivre dans le rêve” from Romeo and Juliette
Carmen Suite No. 1
IV. Les dragons d’Alcala
V. Les Toreadors
“Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante” from Carmen
Selections from Carmen Suite No. 2
VI. Marche des Contrebandiers
IX. Chanson du Toreador
“Dodo, mon tout petit” from Louis Riel
Opera by Harry Somers and Mavor Moore
Méditation from Thaïs
“Ain’t it a Pretty Night” from Susannah
Overture to West Side Story
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.
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).
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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