Welcome to our biggest year yet! From the 300th anniversary of Bach’s St John Passion to world premieres and Grammy winners – this season has it all. And you can enjoy it from the comfort of the best seat in the house…yours!
Streaming has changed the SSO forever. It’s a great joy to be able to share our performances with viewers around the world, and bring our music making in the hearts and homes of our patrons. Whether you’re live streaming the performance, or watching it a second time on demand, we’ve curated an online season that highlights the best we have to offer this season.
September 16th – Four Seasons of the Moon
Sit back and gaze up at the moon! A concert performed directly under Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, this is a one of a kind event. The performance features your SSO led by Maestra Judith Yan and performing Kenneth Fuchs’ Eventide with the SSO’s Erin Brophey and Max Richter’s enigmatic Recomposed Four Seasons with violinist Veronique Mathieu. A one-of-a-kind musical adventure to the moon!
October 21st – Rachmaninoff Romance
2023 marks the 150th birthday of the great pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff – so we’re celebrating with a pair of concerts to bring the house down! Pianist Lucille Chung makes her SSO debut with the virtuosic powerhouse of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. Maestra Yue Bao leads your SSO through Coleridge Taylor Perkinson’s Worship and Dvorak’s romantic 8th Symphony.
October 28th – A Case of You
Only available to SSO Streaming Subscribers
The SSO celebrates the 80th birthday of Saskatoon’s greatest musician, Joni Mitchell. Vocalist Sarah Slean returns to perform the music from Mitchell’s albums Both Sides Now and Travelogue. The concert features hits like Both Sides Now, Circle Game, Blue, River, and so much more!
November 25th – Rachmaninoff Dances
A landmark night featuring Grammy winner saxophonist Timothy McAllister in a world premiere of Vincent Ho’s brand new Fanciful Bird Concerto. A commission of the SSO years in the making, the concerto tells an incredible story with a local twist. Maestro Robert Franz leads the SSO in the sensational Symphonic Dances of Rachmaninoff and opens with Kalamalka (Lake of Many Colours) by Jean Coulthard.
December 9th – Holiday Pops!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we’re here to bring you some holiday cheer. Maestra Rosemary Thompson is joined by long-time SSO collaborator Garry Gable to tell some classic holiday stories with special guests the University Chorus. Haul out the holly, its time to get festive!
December release – Handel’s Messiah
Maestra Cosette Justo Valdes wowed our audience last year with Handel’s Messiah – the soloists, the orchestra, and the chorus were breathtaking. Rejoice over the holiday season with this timeless classic celebrating its 110th anniversary in Saskatoon!
February 10th – The Roaring Twenties
The 20s were full of great music and celebrations, and this concert celebrates the 100th anniversary of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Daniel Clarke Bouchard. Maestra Melanie Leonard has created a program to celebrate the hustle and bustle of the 1920s with Gerswhin’s American in Paris and William Grant Still’s Symphony No 1.
March 2nd – SSO with Kinan Azmeh
Grammy winner Kinan Azmeh has been hailed as one of the greatest most versitile artists on stage today. His performances are spellbinding. He joins the SSO to perform his own work Suite for Improvisor and Orchestra. Maestra Cosette Justo Valdes takes the SSO on a journey of sound with Faure’s Pelleas et Melisande, Dohnanyi’s Symphonic Minutes, and Kelly Marie Murphy’s Curiousity, Genius, and the Search for Petula Clark.
March 23rd – Sask Celebration
Maestro William Rowson returns home to lead his hometown orchestra in a celebration of all things Saskatchewan. The world premiere of Saskatoonian Andrew Kesler‘s Suite for the Prairies with the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra opens this celebration. Then we showcase the orchestra and Sask soloists Veronique Mathieu in Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Godwin Friesen in Prokofiev’s virtuosic 3rd Piano Concerto.
April 7th – St John’s Passion
Maestro Leslie Dala returns to the SSO podium to lead your orchestra and SSO Chorus in a performance of Bach’s St John’s Passion – 300 years to the day it premiered. Marking its first full performance in Saskatoon’s history, this musical event is a landmark project for the SSO and our chorus.
April 20th – YXE Divas
It’s a party celebrating the best female voices Saskatoon has to offer – a night where rock and roll meets blues and rap and even opera…this is going to be a fun night of making music with great friends! Maestra Janna Sailor takes to the podium alongside the best YXE has to offer.
May 4th – Beethoven 9 at 200
We’re thrilled to be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the premiere of Beethoven’s epic Symphony No 9. Maestra Judith Yan leads the SSO with an all star soloist line up, including Julie Nesrallah, and a mass choir gathering together voices from across the province. It’s going to be truly an Ode to Joy!
*Most of these concerts will be available to view in a live stream with a streaming ticket. All of the SSO’s streamed season and back catalogue is available with SSO Streaming Subscriptions.