7:30PM, Saturday, September 24, 2022
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8

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Judith Yan, conductor
Ryan Davis, viola
Allison Miller, flute

Up to Her Waist in Lupins – Christos Hatzis*
Viola Concerto in G minor – Cecil Forsyth
Symphony No. 2, Op. 30 – Ruth Gipps

Excitement | Curiosity | Joy

An epic musical adventure of discovery that you must experience live.

Maestra Judith Yan leads your orchestra in our new commission by composer Christos Hatzis in honour of our flute emeritus, Randi Nelson. This world premiere features our very own Principal Flute Allison Miller showcasing her exceptional artistry in this new work by the world-renowned Hatzis.

Saskatoon’s own Ryan Davis returns home to make his SSO debut with his very favourite piece of music, Cecil Forsyth’s Viola Concerto. Never heard of it? Trust us you’re going to wonder why you’ve been missing out!

The real adventure begins when we dive into the cinematic soundscape of Ruth Gipps’ 2nd Symphony. Gipps captures lightning in a bottle with this one-movement work that acts as an affair with your imagination.

We’re certain that no one in the room will have heard this music performed before…forget what you know and jump in with both feet.

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*Denotes Canadian Composer

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The Program


Sense of Adventure

Judith Yan, conductor
Ryan Davis, viola
Allison Miller, flute
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

Up to Her Waist in Lupins
Christos Hatzis

Viola Concerto in G Minor

I. Appassionato (Cadenza) – Moderato –
Con moto, agitato
II. Andante un poco sostenuto
III. Allegro con fuoco

Cecil Forsyth


Symphony No. 2 in B Major, Op.30 

I. Moderato
II. Allegro moderato – Poco meno
III. Andante – Maestoso
Tempo di marcia
Allegro moderato – Tranquillo
VII. Moderato – Appassionato
Allegro – Più mosso

Ruth Gipps

The Artists

Judith Yan, conductor

Equally adept at conducting symphony, opera, and ballet, Judith Yan’s career has taken her internationally, conducting for major companies in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. She has held Staff…

Allison Miller, flute

Allison Miller, Saskatoon-born flutist, is thrilled to have joined the SSO in 2019. Having received tenure in 2020, Allison now holds the Randi Nelson Chair of Principal Flute with the…

Ryan Davis, viola

Praised by The WholeNote as “showcasing multitudes of colours and possibilities, with much skill and imagination,” Radia, the moniker for Saskatchewan-raised artist Ryan Davis, is swiftly emerging as a singular…

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This concert also includes:

Violin 1 – Evan Friesen, Lauren Dykstra
Violin 2 – Brandon Johnson, Alexa Arnyek
Cello – Hans Deason
Harp – Keri Zwicker
Flute – Jennifer McAllister
Horn – Erin McVittie, Roxanne Inch
Percussion – Andra Wist
Piano – Michelle Aalders

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Program Notes

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…

Forsyth’s Viola Concerto

When Forsyth’s Viola Concerto in G minor was first performed at the Queen’s Hall Promenade Concerts on 12 September 1903 it represented a significant development – possibly the first full-blown…

Ruth Gipps

Composer Ruth Gipps was born in Bexhill-on-Sea, England in 1921. Gipps’ family was very musical and her mother was the principal of the Bexhill School of Music. Gipps was considered…

Cecil Forsyth

Cecil Forsyth was an English composer who studied at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Music in London, England. He also played the viola in various London…

Up to Her Waist in Lupins

Up to her Waist in Lupins was commissioned by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in memory of Randi Nelson, their departed former principal flutist who served in that position for over forty…

Christos Hatzis

Christos Hatzis was the easy choice when it came to picking someone to write a piece in honour of flute emeritus Randi Nelson. His composition Departures breathes life into the instrument…