Regina Symphony Orchestra announces 2016/2017 Season

The RSO is ecstatic to have world-renowned James Ehnes back to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto for Maestro Gerrard’s inaugural concert. For this special night the RSO has commissioned Across the Grasslands, a celebratory piece by Canadian composer Karen Sunabacka. This season the RSO will launch an electrifying concert opera, Bernstein’s Candide – a wacky and wonderful spectacle! With gifted guest conductors and artists, the eight-concert Masterworks series will leave you wanting more.There is so much happening at the RSO next season. Reimagine popular music and get carried away by the powerful tunes that have become the soundtrack to our lives. Enjoy dynamic vocals from A Celtic Tenors Christmas as well as iconic tunes from Fifty Years of Bond…James Bond including Live and Let Die, Diamonds are Forever, Skyfall and many more! The Shumiatcher Pops five-concert series is a unique blend of famous local and international performers that can rock the house.

Played with passion, the six-concert Government House series combines intimate chamber classics with the elegance of Saskatchewan’s historic Government House. This season the Regina Symphony Chamber Players will astound you in Schubert’s Trout Quintet which includes a special performance by Gordon Gerrard on piano. You will also enjoy Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 127 and inspiring Canadian music as part of Canada’s 150th
anniversary.

The Great-West Life, London Life & Canada Life Kids series is expanding to three concerts this season. The series will kick-off with Juno-Award winner entertainer Al Simmons with his Symphonic Shenanigans. The series
continues with the classic film, The Snowman screened with live orchestra music that promises to engage kids of all ages, and the timeless tale of Peter 
and the Wolf reimagined with modern day props and humour.

We are bringing back Regina’s favourite holiday tradition, Handel’s Messiah and Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along as well as returning to Motherwell Homestead for Symphony under the Sky Festival. With the addition of a holiday concert called A Candlelight Christmas, the RSO Special concerts completes the 2016-2017 season.

The RSO believes you need to be at the heart of the action for Gordon Gerrard’s inaugural season. Therefore the RSO is introducing four different price levels on the orchestra level and two price levels in the Grand Circle at Conexus Arts Centre.

The Regina Symphony Orchestra is grateful to its series sponsors of 2016-2017: Drs. Morris C. and Jacqui Shumiatcher for sponsoring the Shumiatcher Pops Concert Series and Great-West Life, London Life & Canada Life for sponsoring the Kids Series. Through TD’s sponsorship, students can continue to have greater accessibility to the excitement a new season brings. With the TD Soundcheck Program, students can purchase tickets for only $10 and patrons under the age of 30 for only $15.

The RSO acknowledges its granting agencies: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Saskatchewan Arts Board, and The City of Regina for their dedication and support.