FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2023
REGINA SYMPHONY TO START CLASSICS SEASON WITH TCHAIKOVSKY’S FIFTH SYMPHONY
REGINA, SK: The new season of the Classics with the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will start on Saturday, October 21 with a triple bill of familiar and new music. This is the first of four concerts in the RSO’s Classics series – which is not just music from past centuries. RSO Music Director Gordon Gerrard blends iconic music from greats like Tchaikovsky with new works from composers creating today.
“It’s an amazing mix of new and old.” said Gerrard, “Tchaikovsky is always a crowd (and orchestra) favourite. Coleridge Taylor is new to our orchestra, and Cusson—with one of Canada’s greatest singers—is new to everyone”.
The Opening Night concert will start with the energetic Ballade by Samuel Colderidge-Taylor, followed by a return visit to Regina by mezzo-soprano, Marion Newman. Marion will perform the Songs from the House of Death by Canadian composer Ian Cusson. Marion is an acclaimed singer who has been a part of the RSO family through our Indigenous Advisory Council, as well as performances in our special presentation of Missing and the first Forward Current Festival.
The concert will close with the entire second half dedicated to the Fifth Symphony by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This is a varied masterpiece with a soaring, main theme and triumphant finale.
RSO First Violin and Concertmaster, Christian Robinson and Maestro Gerrard will be presenting the Praxis Pre-Show Chat in the Theatre Lobby at 6:45 pm. This chat is a great introduction to the music with additional context for how the concert has come to together.
The Classics Series continues on November 18 with another blockbuster program featuring Beethoven’s Symphony Number 7, as well as the Schumann Cello Concerto.
Tickets for October 21 can be purchased online at www.reginasymphony.com, at the Conexus Arts Centre Box Office, or by calling 306-586-9555. The RSO Soundcheck program offers discounted tickets for those under the age of 30 to attend any RSO concert for only $20 (including service fees and tax
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