Masterworks | Regina Symphony Orchestra

Masterworks

Our Masterworks Series opens on September 232017 with an evening of exotic wonder featuring a performance with the world’s premier solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie. The series continues with two concerts featuring the works of your favourite composers in A Night of Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky & Mozart ! With gifted guest artists and conductors, including Grammy and Juno Award winning Music Director of the VSO Bramwell Tovey, the eight-concert Masterworks series will leave you wanting more.

Scheherazade
September 23, 2017
Gordon Gerrard, conductor
Evelyn Glennie, percussion

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Vincent Ho: The Shaman
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

The world’s premier solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie joins the RSO on opening night for an evening of exotic wonder!

A Night of Beethoven 
October 28, 2017
Gordon Gerrard, conductor
Gwen Hoebig, violin
Desmond Hoebig, cello
David Moroz, piano

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano (Triple Concerto)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)

An evening of orchestral drama, tied together with themes of heroism and fate.  Don’t miss your chance to hear Beethoven’s monumental Eroica Symphony, and the unique combination of piano, violin, and cello with full orchestra in his seldom performed Triple Concerto.

Dvořák New World Symphony 
November 25, 2017
Gordon Gerrard, conductor
Miles Newman, trumpet
Tanya Tagaq, Inuit throat singer
Christine Duncan, improviser 

*Laura Pettigrew: Dòchas
John Estacio: Trumpet Concerto
*Christine Duncan/Jean Martin: Qiksaaktuq
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 (New World Symphony)

The RSO celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary with a combination of music new and old!  Featuring Toronto Symphony Orchestra commission Qiksaaktuq with Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq, and a brand new Trumpet Concerto by Edmonton composer John Estacio. Dvořák’s iconic New World Symphony rounds out this program of works inspired by our shared history in this land.

*Please join us for a special pre-concert chat with Christian Robinson, Tanya Tagaq, Christine Duncan and Gordon Gerrard 45 minutes prior to the concert in the Conexus Arts Centre Theatre Lobby.  This pre-concert chat is made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild .

*Commissioned for the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada

Brahms Symphony No. 2 
January 20, 2018
Dina Gilbert, conductor
William Boan, violin

Barber: Adagio for Strings
Barber: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Samuel Barber and Johannes Brahms, two of the greatest craftsmen of melody ever, are brought together for one night of music that will stimulate the full range of human emotion. This program includes Barber’s moving Adagio for Strings, and his sunnier and more lyrical Violin Concerto.  The evening concludes with one of Brahms’s most optimistic and joyful works, his Symphony No. 2.

Rachmaninoff & Ravel 
February 10, 2018
Gordon Gerrard, conductor
Stephen Runge, piano
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

Pianist Stephen Runge returns home to Regina for a performance of Ravel’s sparkling masterpiece, the Piano Concerto in G Major.  Continuing the celebration of master orchestrators of the 20th century, the orchestra presents Rachmaninoff’s sweeping Symphony No. 2


Requiem
March 10, 2018
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Andriana Chuchman, soprano
Andrew Love, baritone
University of Regina Choirs,
   Dominic Gregorio, director
Prairie Chamber Choir,
    Melissa Morgan, director

Bizet: Suite from L’Arlésienne
Fauré: Requiem

For the first time ever, the RSO is honoured to welcome Grammy and Juno award winning conductor Bramwell Tovey to the stage.  Maestro Tovey leads the orchestra, choirs, and soloists in Fauré’s Requiem, a moving and powerful dedication to those that came before us. Opening the program is a brand new work composed by Maestro Tovey himself.  


Tchaikovsky & Mozart 
April 14, 2018
Gordon Gerrard, conductor
Blair Lofgren, cello 

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Mozart: Symphony No. 40

Laying down the musical foundations that would shape the course of history, Mozart is the ultimate Classical master.  Join us for an evening celebrating his work, and the work of those who were inspired by him. The program features Regina born cellist, Blair Lofgren, in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, a perfect homage to the composer’s idol.

West Side Story
May 12, 2018
Gordon Gerrard, conductor
South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra
Alan Denike, director

Wagner: Die Meistersinger: Prelude
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Jeffrey Ryan: Visions of Joy
Stravinsky: Petrushka

This program of orchestral blockbusters pushes musical boundaries to their limits!  The program begins with the RSO's annual side-by-side with the SSYO during Wagner's Die Meistersinger: Prelude. Next, Leonard Bernstein’s groundbreaking Broadway musical is given the full symphonic treatment in Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and Stravinsky’s puppet burlesque ballet score finishes the season in an explosion of symphonic colour.