Forward Currents Festival | Regina Symphony Orchestra

Forward Currents Festival

March 1 - 3, 2019 · mâmawêyatitân centre

“Through the choices we make, each of us has a hand in determining the kind of community in which we live. These choices are often a direct result of conversations we have with the people around us. The Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Forward Currents Festival aims to present ideas and issues that are socially relevant to those of us who live here, to spark conversation about these topics, and ultimately to create consciousness about the choices we make. The goal of the RSO ’s Forward Currents Festival is to inspire essential conversation about mental health and how we can reduce the stigma surrounding it.”  – Gordon Gerrard, Music Director

Inward & Outward: Art for Mental Health

Inward & Outward: Art for Mental Health “Mental Health” is a broad term. Whether or not we have medical conditions that cause mental illness, we all may face these challenges in situations like grief, abuse or stress. Memories and fears direct our insights and beliefs until our experiences feel like we know a ‘real truth’. Artistic practices, however, can make space for us to be introspective while still observing other people’s challenges to feel less isolated. We all can learn from art; both creating it and viewing it can help us process the challenges we face. 

Inward & Outward has students at École St. Margaret who have created works to represent art and mental illness. Students & Faculty from the Buffalo People Arts Institute are displaying works in preparation for their summer community art programs. From Sarah Cummings Truszkowski’s series, Nevertheless She Persisted, audiences see objects that provide her with positive influence, embedded with her goals to break barriers and speak up against cultural challenges and inequalities. Following their recent exhibition of The Deaf Forest in Toronto, The Deaf Crows from Thom Collegiate’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing program are using art to share their experience. - Carla Harris

View the Inward & Outward: Art for Mental Health Exhibit in the multipurpose room.


Coming Together
Friday, March 1, 2019 – 7:00pm (Pre-Concert Talk– 6:00 pm)

Regina Symphony Chamber Players
Helen Pridmore, soprano
Youth Ballet of Saskatchewan, Michelle McMillan, artistic director
Dan Innes, spoken word artist
Gordon Gerrard, piano

Morlock: Icarus, landing
Part: Fratres
Bach: Ruhet hie, matte Sinne”
Dan Innes: Motown
Dan Innes: A Thousand Reasons 
Dan Innes: Growing Pains
Morlock: Somewhere Along the Line
Rzewski: Coming Together

The Regina Symphony Chamber Player (RSCP) collaborate with the Youth Ballet of Saskatchewan to create a new work examining issues faced by today’s millennials. Regina-based spoken word artist, Dan Innes, brings his message of optimism backed by members of the RSCP. Frederic Rzewski minimalist masterpiece Coming Together concludes this program.

Saturday, March 2, 2019 – 7:00pm (Pre-Concert Talk – 6:00 pm)

Regina Symphony Chamber Players
Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan

Morlock: Theft
Perischetti: The Hollow Men
Nielsen: Woodwind Quintet, Fourth movement
Mendelssohn: String Quartet, Op. 80, Third movement

The Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan partner with the Regina Symphony Chamber Players to share personal stories and perspectives of those lives have been indelibly shaped by mental illness. Music and words weave a narrative to broaden understanding, challenge stigma and raise hope.

Steven Page with the RSO
Sunday, March 3, 2019 – 7:00pm (Pre-Concert Talk – 5:30 pm)

Gordon Gerrard, conductor
Steven Page, singer-songwriter
Regina Symphony Orchestra

Morlock: My Name is Amanda Todd
 Suite No. 4, Op. 61 “Mozartiana”
Steven Page with the RSO

Former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page joins the Regina Symphony Orchestra in a unique and eclectic program. This Canadian icon has become an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness and well-being by sharing his personal experiences, struggles and triumphs. Musicians of the RSO take centre stage in music by Tchaikovsky and My Name is Amanda Todd, a meaningful work by the festival’s featured composer Jocelyn Morlock.

Ticket Information

Weekend Pass
Adult: $45
Student: $30

Single Ticket
Adult: $25
Student: $15