7:30PM, Saturday, November 25, 2023
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8

Robert Franz, conductor
Timothy McAllister, saxophone


Whimsical Concerto of Fanciful Birds: Concerto for Saxophone, Orchestra, and Spatialized Saxophone Ensemble  – Vincent Ho
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 – Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Maestro Robert Franz joins the SSO for a sensational night featuring Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

The concert marks the world premiere of a brand-new concerto by Vincent Ho. This SSO commission, years in the making, showcases world-renowned saxophonist Timothy McAllister centre stage.


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The Program

Rachmaninoff Dances

Robert Franz, conductor
Timothy McAllister, saxophone
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

 

Whimsical Concerto of Fanciful Birds: Concerto for Saxophone, Orchestra, and Spatialized Saxophone Ensemble

I. Enchanted Migrations
II. Angels and Mockingbirds
III. Urban Birds

Vincent Ho
 The Spatialized Saxophone Ensemble includes Gerard Weber, Troy Linsley, Glen Gillis, Ricardo Martin, Sarah Suchan, & Nathan Degenhart.

~Intermission~

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

I. Non Allegro
II. Andante con moto. Tempo di Valse
III. Lento assai – Allegro vivace

Sergei Rachmaninoff

The Artists

Robert Franz, conductor

Acclaimed conductor Robert Franz, recognized as “an outstanding musician with profound intelligence,” has held to three core principles throughout his career; a commitment to the highest artistic standards, to creating…

Timothy McAllister, saxophone

Today’s most celebrated classical saxophonist, TIMOTHY McALLISTER is hailed as “a virtuoso…one of the foremost saxophonists of his generation” (The New York Times), an “exemplary soloist” (Gramophone Magazine), and “a…

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This concert also includes:

Violin – Evan Barber, Monica Martin, Cherie Jarock, Sofia Mycyk
Flute – Jennifer McAllister
Oboe – Carl Hofmeister, Tyrell Hardlotte
Clarinet – Alyssa Thompson
Bassoon – Jonathan Tait
Saxophone – Gerard Weber, Troy Linsley, Glen Gillis, Ricardo Martin, Sarah Suchan, Nathan Degenhart
Horn – Stacey Mortenson-Spokes
Trumpet – Dean McNeill
Trombone – Spencer Krips, Tiess McKenzie
Percussion – Andra Wist, Will Martin
Harp – Keri Zwicker
Keyboard – Michelle Aalders

Special Thanks

Thanks to the Saskatoon Concert Band for the use of their crotales.

Program Notes

Dr. Christy Morrissey

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Music Talk – Rachmaninoff Dances

Ahead of our concert Rachmaninoff Dances we had a special music talk at Dervilia art + design with conductor Robert Franz, composer Vincent Ho, and CEO Mark Turner.  

Man with dark hair wearing dark clothing standing amidst floating pages of sheet music. This is composer Vincent Ho.

Vincent Ho, composer

Vincent Ho is a multi-award winning composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal, and theatre music. His works have been described as “brilliant and compelling” by The New York Times and hailed…

The Angel and the Mockingbird

The basis of the 2nd movement of Vincent Ho’s concerto Whimsical Concerto of Fanciful Birds is a piece called The Angel and the Mockingbird. Ho sent us a recording created…

Whimsical Concerto of Fanciful Birds

Cover image from Vincent Ho’s concerto sketches Whimsical Concerto of Fanciful Birds: I. Enchanted Migrations II. Angels and Mockingbirds III. Urban Birds This concerto represents the culmination of my years…

Sing Choirs of Angels

Saskatoon Children’s Choir presents their annual Christmas Concert on December 1st and 2nd at Knox United Church. Head to tickets.saskatoonchildrenschoir.org to reserve your seats today.

Sergei Rachmaninoff, composer

Legendary Russian-American composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff left Russia after the Communist revolution of 1917. He was born on April 2, 1873, on a big estate near Novgorod, Russia. From…

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…

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