Golden Age of Hollywood


Date & Time

21 January 2023 7:30 pm9:30 pm (2 hours)


Regina Symphony Orchestra


Conexus Arts CentreWebsite
200 Lakeshore Dr
Regina, SK, S4S 7L3

Golden Age of Hollywood

Victor is back, and he is bringing his favourite movie music and local singing star Kaitlyn Semple with him! This concert will showcase classic soundtracks from silver screen hits like Ben Hur, Some Like It Hot, The Wizard of Oz and Cabaret.

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January 21, 2023

Victor Sawa, conductor
Kaitlyn Semple, vocalist



Victor Sawa, conductor

Victor Sawa was the face of the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) from 1997 to 2016, and has played a major role in ensuring that the art and performance of live orchestral music is available to every citizen of every generation of our province. His first concert was “Mozart at Mission Ridge,” an outdoor concert in the Qu’Appelle Valley where the entire RSO presented a classical and Broadway music show, including fireworks accompanying the 1812 Overture. This road trip was followed by others, including “Beethoven at Buffalo Pound” and “Symphony Under the Sky” in Wascana Park.

He established the Wascana Pops concert series followed by a Baroque series, which was performed in a variety of churches throughout Regina, reaching out and attracting those who would not ordinarily attend a symphony performance.

The RSOs Masterworks series of traditional classics changed drastically with Maestro Sawa’s non-traditional explanations of the program prior to performances that included anecdotes and humorous insights, enabling everyone to understand complex orchestral music and movements, while changing serious musical experiences to fun experiences of serious music.

His commitment to the community is evident through his involvement with service club presentations, university music and journalism department events and as a huge supporter of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

A Grammy Award winning Maestro, he has been recognized with many other awards, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, as well as the Grand Prix du Disque for Best Chamber Music Recording, Outstanding Musician Award at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts, and three times with the Canada Council Award for conducting.

He has performed at the Smithsonian Institute, the White House and for Royalty, most recently The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in 2012.

Maestro Sawa lives in Regina with his wife Lesley. They have three children, son Jake, daughters Mariko and Michiko.


Kaitlyn Semple, vocalist

Kaitlyn is an actor, singer, dancer and teacher from Regina. Since completing her BFA in Acting from the U of R, she has trained in Toronto with CBC's Triple Sensation, in Edmonton at the Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Program, and in Regina with the Globe Theatre Conservatory. Acting credits include: Us; Bittergirl; Mary Poppins; Shout Sister; Jake and the Kid and Metamorphoses (Globe Theatre); It's A Wonderful Life, Little Women and Ring of Fire (Persephone Theatre); Root, Hog, or Die (Sandbox Series); Cope (Persephone Youth Series, Live Five); The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare (Keyano Theatre and Vertigo Theatre); Cinderella and Steel Magnolias (Rubarb Productions); As You Like It (Citadel Theatre); The Last Five Years (Golden Apple Theatre); Alice In Wonderland and The Hockey Sweater (Sum Theatre). Kaitlyn and her husband Greg Ochitwa create original theatrical works, having last created Try Your Wings for the Regina Jazz Society.





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