REGINA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA EXTENDS GORDON GERRARD’S CONTRACT AS MUSIC DIRECTOR THROUGH THE 25/26 SEASON

REGINA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA EXTENDS GORDON GERRARD’S CONTRACT AS MUSIC DIRECTOR

THROUGH THE 25/26 SEASON

 

REGINA, SK: The Board of the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) is proud to announce the extension of Gordon Gerrard’s contract as Music Director for the 2024-2025 and 2025–2026 seasons. With his musical roots in rural Manitoba, and the bright lights of New York City, Gerrard has found a place as a leader in the Regina cultural community.  Since joining the RSO in 2016, he has been the driving force behind exciting creative projects, showcased countless musicians and led meaningful collaborations with artists of all types.

 

Gerrard’s musical journey started with the piano, expanded when he found the joy of working with singers which led him to the world of opera, then to into leadership roles as conductor and Music Director.  Gerrard has a knack for creating music events that blend the classics with less-known music to create a rich experience for music experts and for novices.   During his time in Regina, Gerrard created the Forward Currents festival with the goal of presenting ideas and issues that are socially relevant to our community, to spark conversation about these topics, and ultimately to create consciousness about the choices we make.  The festival has featured multi-disciplinary programs on reconciliation, mental health and LGBTQ2S+ identity.  Gerrard is a sought-after musical leader, with a busy schedule of guest conducting across Canada, and his recently added role of Artistic Director of City Opera Vancouver.

RSO Board Chair, Ian Yeates shared, “The Regina Symphony is thrilled that Gordon has extended his time as Music Director of our orchestra. We have been faced with challenges over the past few years, and it’s exciting to have two additional seasons of Maestro Gerrard’s artistic vision as we continue to work towards the future stability of the RSO.”

This announcement comes as Gerrard prepares to conduct the RSO in the final three concerts of the 23/24 season at Conexus Arts Centre.  The Pops will wrap up on May 4 with a brassy, musical tribute to the band Chicago, as well as a pre-show performance from the Regina Jazz Fest.  The Classics series celebrates two titans of the orchestra world – with Brahms’ Third Symphony on April 13 and Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto on May 11.  Both programs are a blend of familiar classics from big names and lesser-known but equally dynamic works by composers like Amy Beach and Linda Catlin-Smith.  As part of the concert experience, Gerrard and RSO Concertmaster Christian Robinson host a Pre-Show Chat where they talk about the concert, what to listen for and what to expect.

When asked about his extended time with the RSO, Gerrard said, “Without a doubt, the RSO is on an upward trajectory now, and it remains a great privilege to lead the orchestra into our next phase. Thanks to our dedicated musicians, the orchestra continues to sound as good as it ever has, and I’m grateful for the support I continue to be offered from the musicians, staff and board of directors. I’m looking forward to two more seasons of inspiring projects, great music making and bringing our community together.”

Tickets for April 13, May 4, May 11 and the remaining 23/24 season performances 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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Megan McCormick

mmccormick@reginasymphony.com