Vaughan Williams & Adams – Afternoon

Classics at HRC

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5 November 2022 2:00 pm3:00 pm (1 hour)


Regina Symphony Orchestra


Holy Rosary CathedralWebsite
2104 Garnet St
Regina, SK, S4T 6Y5

Vaughan Williams & Adams - Afternoon

Rosemary Thomson returns to Regina to lead the Regina Symphony musicians and the special guests from the Brandon University Strings program. Strings will shine with the energetic Shaker Loops, the American folk dance-inspired spirit of Strum, the lively suite from Holst and the luminous Vaughan Williams fantasia.

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November 5, 2022
Rosemary Thomson, conductor
Brandon University String Program

ADAMS: Shaker Loops
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
HOLST: St. Paul’s Suite


Rosemary Thomson, conductor

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.

Equally at home conducting opera, symphony, choral and contemporary music, Maestro Thomson has enjoyed a robust guest conducting career on podiums across the country, including the Edmonton, Kingston, Niagara, Regina, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria Symphonies, Calgary, Highlands and UBC Opera. She received a Dora nomination as Music Director of the World Premiere of Shanawdithit for Tapestry Opera. Maestro Thomson conducted for Vancouver Opera in April, Opera Kelowna,'s mainstage performane in August, and will make her Canadian Opera Company debut in 2023.

A passionate teacher, Rosemary has been on faculty for Opera Nuova for 15 seasons and joined the faculty this summer at The Banff Centre for the Arts, Opera in the 21st century program. She plays a prominent mentorship role in Tapestry Opera's new Women in Musical Leadership program. In 2021 Ms. Thomson received the provincial Community Spirit Award from the province of BC recognizing her leadership in the Okanagan community.

Rosemary lives in Kelowna with her two teenage children and her husband, Dan who willingly attends the opera with her in exchange for company at CFL games, especially the Hamilton Tiger Cats


Brandon University String Program

The Brandon University String program, led by cello professor Dr. Leanne Zacharias and violin professor Kerry DuWors, has welcomed students from across Canada, Mexico, Belize, Puerto Rico, Brazil, China, South Korea and the USA into the BU School of Music’s strong tradition of string pedagogy and performance. Featuring over $20,000 in annual string-specific scholarships, the program also boasts an impressive instrument bank operated in partnership with the Manitoba Arts Council. Students in the BU string family are active within all of the university’s large ensembles, as well as in collaborations with choirs, chamber music ensembles, the new music ensemble and with student composers.

Performance tours have taken the group through Western Manitoba together with the BU Chorale in 2019, across Saskatchewan and Alberta in 2013, to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Mahlerfest in 2015, and a collaboration with the Pembina Valley Strings in 2016. The BU Strings are thrilled to return to live performance and touring, and for this opportunity to share the stage with the Regina Symphony Orchestra.


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