FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2022

 

SASKATCHEWAN SINGER-SONGWRITER MEGAN NASH TO MAKE DEBUT WITH REGINA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN:  The Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) is celebrating the Christmas season with the annual community holiday concert, this year featuring Saskatchewan’s own, Megan Nash.  The RSO Christmas Special will be held at Conexus Arts Centre on Saturday, December 10th at 7:30 pm with pre-show activities starting at 6:45 pm in the Theatre Lobby.  RSO Music Director Gordon Gerrard will be conducting the concert and has planned a program to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

The RSO will play a selection of music from holiday films like Babes in Toyland and Polar Express, as well as festive standards like Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.  Mayor Sandra Masters will also make her return to the RSO stage with a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and a not-to-be-missed performance with the symphony musicians.

While this concert will have many familiar parts, there will be two exciting debuts made at this festive concert.  Supported by the Best of Intentions band, Megan Nash will perform selections from their catalogue like Quite, Seeker and Deer Head with brand new arrangements for orchestra by RSO Pops Conductor Lucas Waldin. Nash has won and been nominated for numerous awards, including a 2019 JUNO Award nomination for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year for Seeker, 2021 Saskatchewan Music Award for Alternative Artist of the Year, and 2021 Best of Moose Jaw Award for Best Musical Artist.

The other debut will be the Regina Symphony Chamber Choir, a newly formed choral group made up of Regina singers.  The Chamber Choir will lend their voices to Megan Nash’s song, as we all as help the audience in the annual carol sing-a-long to end the concert. This group has been rehearsing since September for this concert, as well as Handel’s Messiah, which the RSO will be performing on December 17th.

Extra activities in the Theatre Lobby are sponsored by SaskLotteries.  Queen City Brass will start the night with a performance amidst the Winter Wonderland tree displays and the custom balloon wall from Balloon Bar YQR.  Hot chocolate and post-concert coffee provided by Conexus Arts Centre.

The RSO Christmas Special is part of the 22/23 Pops Series, which is still available as a season subscription or Choose Your Own ticket package.  Gift certificates are also available at the concert and online.

Tickets for December 10 can be purchased online at www.reginasymphony.com, at the Conexus Arts Centre Box Office, or by calling 306-586-9555.

 

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The Regina Symphony is hitting the road!

The 12 members of the Regina Symphony Chamber Players will be performing for free at the Moose Jaw Public Library on January 14, 2023 and at the Weyburn Public Library Branch on March 11, 2023.  These are the first public performances outside of Regina since 2019.    The concerts are free to attend and offered in partnership with the libraries.    The Regina Symphony has a long-standing relationship with libraries, performing the Free Library Concert Series at Regina Public Library Central branch for years.

 

For Immediate Release: November 17, 2022

REGINA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM PRIZE WINNING WORK BY  KELLY-MARIE MURPHY IN CONCERT THAT CELEBRATES JEWISH MUSIC

 REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN: The Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will perform a special musical selection by composer Kelly-Marie Murphy on November 26th in Regina.  En el Escuro es Todo Uno (In The Darkness All Is One) explores the impact of Sephardic music on cultures as the Jewish diaspora settled in Morocco, Tunisia and parts of Europe.  Murphy was awarded the 2018 Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music for the work and the RSO concert is supported by the Azrieli Foundation.  Based in Ottawa, Murphy integrated Ladino songs with the themes of motherhood and childhood for the unique combination of cello and harp.  She will be in Regina to attend the orchestra rehearsals and performance at Conexus Arts Centre. 

Gordon Gerrard, RSO Music Director will be conducting the concert, and leading a pre-show chat with Kelly-Marie Murphy before the concert. When asked about his choice to include the work on the program, Gerrard said, “when Kelly-Marie writes a new piece, I always make sure that I hear it. We’ve played quite a bit of her music at the RSO. She creates unique and beautiful sound worlds in everything that she writes”.

The duo Couloir, comprised of Ariel Barnes, cello & Heidi Krutzen, harp will perform with the RSO.  Both Barnes and Krutzen are internationally renowned musicians as soloists, chamber performers and members of the orchestra.  “The idea of a double concerto for harp and cello especially grabbed my attention even before I heard it,” said Gerrard, “The piece has a tremendous energy, colour and warmth. I can’t wait for our audience to hear it.”

Along with the Murphy work, the concert will also feature the Symphony #4 in G Major by Gustav Mahler. This symphony is an accessible, entry point to Mahler’s music, being shorter than his three previous symphonies with an enchanting, melodic and cozy feeling. While composing in Vienna in the late 1800s, Mahler converted from Judaism to Catholicism so he could secure a job. Despite this, he faced antisemitism throughout his life.   “Even though Mahler had a complicated relationship with his identity, there is no doubt that he was Jewish,” said Gerrard, “His struggles and his triumphs can be heard in all of his symphonies.  This program is intended to celebrate contemporary Jewish life and experience with music that is both new and old.  Both Kelly-Marie’s concerto and Mahler’s symphony lift us up with undeniable optimism and hope for a brighter tomorrow.”

Concert will take place at 7:30 pm on November 26th. Capital Auto Theatre at the Conexus Arts Centre.  Pre-show chat with Gordon Gerrard and Kelly-Marie Murphy at 6:45 pm in the Theatre Lobby.  Reception to follow the concert with opportunity to talk to musicians and guests.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.reginasymphony.com, through the RSO Box Office by calling 306-586-9555 or at the Conexus Arts Centre Box Office.  $15 Tickets available for students and music fans under 30 years old.

Mahler Four

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 13,  2022

REGINA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM ON RARE, AMATI STRING INSTRUMENTS

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN:  The Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will be featuring four rare instruments for two performances on October 22, 2022 in Regina. The quartet is made up of a viola, cello and two violins that were handcrafted in the 1600s by the Amati family in Italy.  The quartet of instruments are part of the University of Saskatchewan’s collection in Saskatoon.  They are being loaned to the musicians of the RSO who will use them to perform Beethoven’s String Quartet No 13 at Government House.

The Amati Family were pioneers in the construction of bowed stringed instruments, working in city of Cremona, Italy in the late 1500s to early 1700s. The instruments made their way to the university in Saskatoon through a donation by a Kindersley-based wheat farmer Steve Kolbinson who collected the instruments in the 1950s, before selling the group to the U of S.  This is one of the only complete Amati quartets in the world.

RSO Concertmaster Christian Robinson will be performing on a violin handcrafted by Nicola Amati in 1637.  Heng Han Hou, leader of the Violin II section, will use a violin from Antonio and Girolamo Amati in 1627.  The viola, the most rare instrument in the group, was made in 1607 by Antonio and Girolamo Amati, will be played Principal Viola Jonathan Ward.  The cello is the youngest instrument in the group, made in 1690 by Girolamo Amati.  It will be played by Simon Fryer, Principal Cello.

The instruments will be played at the second instalment of the Chamber at Government House Series in the 22/23 concert season.  This is a series where the musicians of the Regina Symphony Chamber Players select and perform music.  The Government House Ballroom is an intimate and comfortable space to hear this music, with the audience surrounding the musicians.  The museum at Government house is open to visitors before and after the matinee performance with access to their conservatory available for afternoon and evening intermissions.

Single tickets and ticket packages are available now for all series. Tickets can be purchased online at www.reginasymphony.com, through the RSO Box Office by calling 306-586-9555

 

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Media availability with the musicians and instruments on the morning of October 21, 2022 at Government House.  Contact for details.

Additional Resources: Concertmaster Christian Robinson chats with Véronique Mathieu Associate Professor of Violin, David L. Kaplan Chair in Music University of Saskatchewan about special instruments being performed in Regina in October 2022 https://vimeo.com/757397360/fe0b3f405b

 

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The Regina Symphony Orchestra is proud to support the Women in Musical Leadership (WML) program as one of the 2022-2023 Participating Partner Organizations.  WML is a three-year program designed to collectively develop the next generation of female and non-binary conductors and music directors in Canada.  Led by Tapestry Opera, this program provides female and non-binary conductors with active mentorship from the leading conductor in professional companies to expand their knowledge and artistic networks.

The Program Cohort members attend rehearsals, engage in music score studies with the Maestro, attend staff meetings for an overall view of concert preparation and administrative realities, and act a ‘cover conductors’ for the music being prepared. In championing the WML initiative, the RSO hopes to work with colleagues to develop an already robust slate of Canadian conductors enjoying success in North America and abroad, while ensuring that women conductors in Canada have equal opportunity for conducting opportunities upon completion.

Maestro Gordon Gerrard of the Regina Symphony Orchestra will serve as mentor for two of the WML Program members for Classics Series concerts.  Jennifer Tung will assist with the Beethoven Five concert on September 24, and Juliane Gallant will assist with the performance of Mahler Four on November 26. Maria Fuller to assist guest conductor and WML Career Mentor Rosemary Thomson when she conducts the RSO on November 5 for a performance of Vaughan Williams & Adams.

 

Learn more about the program:

https://tapestryopera.com/programs/women-in-musical-leadership/

 

Biographies

Jennifer Tung

Assisting Gordon Gerrard with September 24 Beethoven Five concert

Conductor Jennifer Tung leads a uniquely versa-tile career as a music director, collaborative pianist, and soprano. She is Artistic Director of Toronto City Opera, Assistant Conductor of Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, and was named a conducting fellow with Tapestry Opera’s Women in Musical Leadership program. Jennifer serves on the faculty at Toronto’s prestigious Glenn Gould School of Music, and is a sought-after fac-ulty member for summer programs internationally

Juliane Gallant

Assisting Gordon Gerrard with November 26 Mahler Four concert

Conductor Juliane Gallant is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio in London, UK. She has led productions for HGO, King’s Head Theatre, Opera on Location, St Paul’s Opera, Opera Up Close, Opera Mio, and Clapham Opera Festival, and in 2021, made her Royal Opera House debut in Mami Wata as part of the Engender Festival.

Maria Fuller

Assisting Rosemary Thomson with November 5 Vaughan Williams & Adams concert

From Earl Grey, Saskatchewan, Canada, Maria Fuller is an internationally active performer as a conductor, pianist and trumpeter, and is also an acclaimed vocal coach, composer and arranger. As a conductor, Ms. Fuller has a wide range of repertoire and interests, from J.S. Bach to Steve Reich, from Richard Strauss to renowned Canadian composer, Elizabeth Raum.

Rosemary Thomson

Mentoring Marie Fuller for November 5 Vaughan Williams & Adams concert

Canadian conductor, Rosemary Thomson is in her 15th season as Music Director of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and started her tenure as Artistic Director of Opera Kelowna in 2020. Previous positions include Conductor with Continuum New Music Ensemble, Resident Conductor and Chorus Master with the Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony and Assistant Conductor with the Canadian Opera Company.

The Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will continue to follow recommendations of the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) for the 2022/2023 concert season, regarding safety at public events and concert performances.

All RSO performances will be ‘mask friendly’, and patrons are encouraged to wear a mask if they are immune compromised or have been in contact with anyone contracting COVID-19 within a 14-day period.

The RSO will not require proof of vaccination for the present, as per current SHA guidelines and government policy. If you are ill, please call the office and we will replace your tickets for a different performance. Please note that refunds will not be offered. You also have the option to donate any unused tickets if your schedule does not permit attendance at a different RSO show.

The RSO continues to strongly encourage a full course of vaccination, and as new vaccines are developed to counter emerging strains of COVID-19 variants, to take those as soon as they become available to you.

This policy will be under constant review for the season, and the RSO will notify all patrons if SHA guidelines dictate any changes, or if government officials issue any directives beyond the measures currently in place.

 

Posted September 13, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 12, 2022

REGINA SYMPHONY RELEASES NEW ONLINE CONCERT FOR USE IN SCHOOLS

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN:  The Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) has released a new online education tool in the RSO in Schools program Li’l Shadd: A Story of Ujima.  This is the third online offering from the RSO in Schools program, and the second program created for elementary school level students.

RSO In Schools is a long-running program with schools in the Regina area, where orchestra musicians would perform live at schools. In 2020, the program pivoted from in-school performances to a recorded performance, available to stream online, with accompanying Teachers’ Guide and resources. The entire program is available for free online.  The other RSO in Schools videos, as well as other recorded performances from the RSO at Home series are also available for streaming online.

Li’l Shadd: A Story of Ujima, originally a picture book, is reimagined with music by composers of African descent performed by RSO Musicians, featuring narrator Sharon-Ann Brown, and singer/drummer Jeff Cappo.  The story chronicles one of Saskatchewan’s first settlers of African descent, Dr. Alfred Schmitz Shadd. Through this story, students will learn about compassion, and the philosophy of social responsibility the led Dr. Shadd to become an engaged citizen.

The RSO’s performance of Li’l Shadd was created in partnership with The Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum (SACHM).  SACHM is a provincial organization whose primary purpose is to celebrate, explore, research, document and preserve the history, heritage and contributions of people of African ancestry.  Brown, who is also the chair of SACHM, said of the project, “We choose to collaborate with all organizations that focus on history, heritage, culture and arts. Part of SACHM’s goal is to provide education and we accomplish this goal by working with RSO on this milestone project”.

Li’l Shadd includes the concert, which is available for online streaming, as well as a teacher’s guide with detailed background on the story, activities and information the contributions Black composers have made to classical music. We strive to showcase the history of people of African descent and Dr. Shadd is one of the first person of African descent in Saskatchewan to contribute in the area of Agriculture, Medicine, Communication and Politics”, said Brown when asked about the importance of sharing this story with students in Saskatchewan, It is all important for people to be aware of the history and heritage of people of African descent in our Province.”

View online at

https://reginasymphony.com/education/rso-in-schools/lil-shadd-performance/

Financial support for the RSO in Schools program is provided by SaskTel and the Canada Council for the Arts, with additional support from SGI.

 

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Board of Directors of the Regina Symphony Orchestra invites membership to virtually attend the Annual General Meeting. Thursday, August 25 @ 5 PM | Zoom

Membership is granted to those who have donated $75 or more between March 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022. Invitations have been emailed out.

To register for the AGM, please email Katie at kgannon@reginasymphony.com

 

The meeting link, agenda and other required documents will be sent to you prior to the meeting Thank you for your support of the Regina Symphony Orchestra!

A GREAT SOUNDING GIFT 🎁 🎶 Shopping is made easy with the gift of tickets to the symphony. A great option for weddings, teachers, or any other music fans in your life. You choose your amount, and they can choose the concert that works best for them.

 

Explore the season here: https://reginasymphony.com/concerts/

ALL TOGETHER NOW 🎶 💕

 

A new addition to our musical team for the 2022-2023 season is the RSO Chorus, and leading our choir in song, is our new RSO Chorus Director, Dorianna Holowachuk. Choral singing is an incredible way to build a community, and the new chorus is an exciting opportunity for us to do just that. As we raise our voices together in some of the greatest music ever written, we are also doing something that makes our community stronger. Look for the RSO Chorus on stage for the RSO Christmas Special and Handel’s Messiah in December as well as Brahms Requiem in April. Check out our website for information on how to join the chorus.

 

Set List

In The Flesh
Another Brick In The Wall
Mother
Young Lust
Goodbye Blue Sky
Hey You
Nobody Home
Run Like Hell
Comfortably Numb

INTERMISSION

Speak To Me / Breathe
On The Run
Time / Breathe Reprise
The Great Gig In The Sky
Money
Us And Them
Any Colour You Like
Brain Damage / Eclipse
On the Turning Away
Wish You Were Here

VIEW THE ENCORE PROGRAM HERE

Jeans ’n Classics

Jeans ’n Classics is a group of musicians who understand orchestra culture and are committed to help in the building of younger, loyal audiences for symphony orchestras across North America.

Jeans ’n Classics appeals to an age group from, but not limited to, 25 to 65.

While most definitely not a tribute act, Jeans ‘n Classics faithfully interprets the music of legendary rock and pop albums and artists, with their own special and signature flair.

Symphonies far and wide have heralded the quality of our orchestral scores. Our reputation precedes us for providing lush, fully realized arrangements of rock and pop classics for rock band and symphony, and top notch, easy-to-work-with performers who truly know how to deliver a great rehearsal and live show experience with professionalism, humor, and finesse.

Jeans ’n Classics works with over 100 orchestras in venues throughout North America, and has created almost 1,000 original rock and pop orchestrations which are presented across 45 unique and exciting productions.

Performers & Band
o Jean Meilleur, Lead vocals
o Katalin Kiss, Backing and feature vocals
o Lis Soderberg, Backing and feature vocals
o Aaron, Macdonald, Saxophone
o Jeff Christmas, Drums
o Don Paulton, Keyboards
o Mitch Tyler, Bass
o Dave Dunlop, Guitar