The Regina Symphony Orchestra Announces the 2017-2018 Season!

The RSO and Music Director Gordon Gerrard invite you to join us again as we push the artistic capabilities of the RSO to new heights, while delivering the pieces you love like you’ve never heard them before!  Join us as we explore the possibilities of a new RSO.   A new level of performance.  A New Sound.

“A modern symphony orchestra is a miraculous thing; it transforms marks on a page into sounds that live and breathe with us.” said RSO Music Director, Gordon Gerrard.  “With its many moving parts, possibilities always exist to find something new, even in music that is familiar.  Our 2017-2018 season will be a journey to discover new sounds together in music that can only be described as timeless.   Join us! I cannot wait to share it with you.” 

Our Masterworks Series opens on September 23, 2017 with an evening of exotic wonder featuring a performance with the world’s premier solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, in Scheherazade. The series continues with two concerts featuring the works of some of the most beloved composers in: A Night of Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky & Mozart. With gifted guest artists and conductors, including Grammy and Juno Award winning Music Director of the VSO Bramwell Tovey, the eight-concert Masterworks series will leave you wanting more.

You won’t be able to stop yourself from feeling the passion behind our Shumiatcher Pops Series this year.  The series will open on October 21, 2017 with Dancing Queen - The Music of ABBA, an orchestral celebration of every music lovers’ biggest guilty pleasure. We’ll continue with the return of Cirque de la Symphonie fresh with new breathtaking circus feats, and conclude with City Lights By Charlie Chaplin, a live film and orchestral presentation of Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece. 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 during our Government House series concerts, Beethoven String Quartet and Brahms and Ravel, both of which Music Director Gordon Gerrard joins the RSCP once again for.  The series concludes with Carmen, a concert featuring a suite of music from Bizet’s operatic work of genius!

The Great-West Life, London Life & Canada Life Kids series will commence with a parade of favourites for kids of all ages during Carnival of the Animals on October 15, 2017.  Our series continues with Comic Orchestra with Christopher Hall, a hilarious mockery of the rituals embedded into classical music, and finally, the legendary Juno Award winning Al Simmons returns for Something’s Fishy with Al Simmons!

We are bringing back Regina’s favourite holiday tradition, Handel’s Messiah, and the new smash success, A Candlelight Christmas,  as well as returning to Motherwell Homestead for Symphony under the Sky Festival to complete the RSO Special concerts.

The Regina Symphony Orchestra is grateful to its series sponsors of 2017-2018: 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 $15 and patrons under the age of 30 for only $20 during the 2017 – 2018 season.

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.

A 2017-2018 season unveiling video has been posted to the RSO’s Facebook, a first in RSO history: