7:30PM, Saturday, April 15, 2023
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8

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Dinuk Wijeratne, conductor
Shawn Mativetsky, tabla

Concerto for Tabla & Orchestra – Dinuk Wijeratne*
Scheherazade Op. 35 – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

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Escape | Hope | Solidarity

Dinuk Wijeratne’s Tabla Concerto has been described as a vibrant and colourful work that audiences will never forget. His seamless blending of musical traditions reminds us that we have so much more in common and that music truly does bring us together. We then dive into the lush intoxicating world of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade!

*Denotes Canadian Composer


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The Program

Vibrant Light

Dinuk Wijeratne, conductor
Shawn Mativetsky, tabla
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra


Concerto for Tabla & Orchestra

I. Canons, Circles
II. Folk song: ‘White in the moon the long road lies (that leads me from my love)’
III. Garland of Gems

Dinuk Wijeratne


Scheherazade, Op. 35

I. The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship (Море и Синдбадов корабль) – Largo e maestoso. Allegro non troppo
II. The Legend of the Kalendar Prince (Рассказ царевича Календера) – Lento. Andantino. Allegro molto. Con moto
III. The Young Prince and The Young Princess (Царевич и царевна) – Andantino quasi allegretto. Pochissimo più mosso. Come prima. Pochissimo più animato
IV. Festival at Baghdad. The Sea. Ship Breaks upon a Cliff Surmounted by a Bronze Horseman (Багдадский празд­ник. Море. Корабль разбивается о скалу с мед­ным всадником) – Allegro molto. Vivo. Allegro non troppo maestoso.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

The Artists

Dinuk Wijeratne, Conductor

Sri Lankan-born Canadian Dinuk Wijeratne is a JUNO and multi-award-winning composer, conductor, and pianist who has been described by the New York Times as ‘exuberantly creative’, by the Toronto Star…

Shawn Mativetsky, Tabla

Dynamic performer Shawn Mativetsky is considered one of Canada’s leading ambassadors of the tabla, and is a pioneer in bridging the worlds of Western and Indian classical music. Acclaimed as an exceptional soloist…

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This concert also includes:

Violin 1  –  Nova Wong, Brandon Johnson, Monica Martin
Violin 2  –  Alexa Arnyek
Viola  –  Heather WIlson
Bass  –  Cameron Breiter
Harp  –  Keri Zwicker
Flute/ Piccolo  –  Rowan Froh
Oboe/ English Horn  –  Carl Hofmeister
Horn  –  Stacey Mortenson-Spokes, Samuel Dmyterko
Percussion  –  Andra Wist, Will Martin, Brett Graham

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Program Notes

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