Our two December live streams had a combined viewership of nearly 12,000 people from across the province and all over the world – thank you for making our spirits bright! Live streaming in this pandemic has meant a lot of hard and challenging work to bring the music to life, both on screen and off, and we’re so grateful to see the response.
It has been a pleasure to bring this music to you when we can’t be together to make music again. The launch of our Digital Concert Stream has been transformational for the SSO, and to show our thanks we’re giving you a special Christmas gift.
From December 24th (at noon) until January 1st you will be able to stream our holiday concerts for free right here on our website!
The two concerts showcase both sides of Christmas music – fun and festive, and traditional and timeless. The SSO is conducted by William Rowson, and over the course of the two concerts is joined by guests Casey Peden, Lisa Hornung, Spencer McKnight, and Dean McNeill, with special performances by the SSO Brass and the SSO Winds, conducted by Brian Unverricht.
On top of A Night at the North Pole and A Candlelight Christmas, we’ve included special interviews, behind the scenes footage, and even a couple of extra never before seen performances!
We’re excited to feature Aurora Voce, conducted by Jennifer Lang, in a special performance of Joni Mitchell’s timeless classic River in an arrangement we commissioned for them by Saskatoon’s own Andrew Kesler (Accent). As well we have the SSO’s own Stephanie Unverricht in an intimate solo performance filmed in the stunning St John’s Cathedral from the night before our Candlelight Christmas concert.
Whether you’re watching them for the first time or watching them again, please feel free to share these free holiday streams with your loved ones and let their days be merry and bright!
We couldn’t have done anything this fall without the incredible support of our patrons – there are no words to properly express how grateful the musicians and staff of the SSO are that you have adapted and supported us through this challenging year.
From all of us at the SSO to you and yours, happy holidays – let your hearts be light!