RSO in Schools: Lil’ Shadd Live February 2024



Each season, the musicians of the RSO perform for students with special musical experience, designed just for them.  With February recognized as Black History Month and Indigenous Storytelling Month, we decided to share our collaboration with the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum (SACHM) as a live performance at three different locations in Regina.  Lil’ Shadd Live combines live storytelling with music from the classical canon to share a story rooted in Saskatchewan history around kindness, understanding and generosity.

Lil’ Shadd is the story of Dr Shadd, one of Saskatchewan’s first settlers of African descent and his connection to African and Indigenous culture through his roles as local doctor, community leader and father.  This concert was originally created for online streaming during the pandemic so the ability to perform it live with our various community partners in 2024 was exciting!

In early February, we partnered with the Royal Saskatchewan Museum to share 2 days of performances and additional programming with over 400 students.  This was followed by a performance at Regina Public Library during our Free Library Concert Series, and then wrapped up with two performances on Family Day to close out the Wascana Winter Festival.

This was a special collaboration that was made possible by our venue partners, community partners and artists.  Thank you to Sharon-Ann Brown for her narration of these performances and to Evan Whitestar for sharing his drumming and song.  Sharon-Ann served double duty with Carol Layfayette Boyd as the driving forces for SACHM behind this project.  Additional thank you to SaskTel and to Saskatchewan Orchestral Association for their financial support.

If you would like to support our education programming, a donation to the RSO is a great option.  We will also be raising money for the programming at the India Night gala in October.

Check out our online RSO in Schools videos for free online and look for additional plans to be announced soon!

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