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SSO to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice

SSO to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice
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“The First World War had a significant impact on 20th Century music. It was the first-time people connected to each other around the globe.” The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra’s Executive Director Mark Turner had no question in his mind when it came to programming the SSO’s November performance. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI and it was a time that changed the world of classical music.

“Popular songs became really prevalent,” Turner explains. “The composers’ sound changed. Many of them reflected in music what they witnessed during the war.”

“The composers’ sound changed. Many of them reflected in music what they witnessed during the war.”

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Maurice Ravel composed dedicated his Le Tombeau De Couperin to friends he lost in WWI. (archive)

Among the composers whose work will be celebrated on November 10 is Maurice Ravel who’s Le Tombeau de Couperin is dedicated to friends he lost in the war. Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in e minor Op. 85 is a heartbreaking piece that reflects on the loss his family and his community experienced. Turner says not all the music on the program is sad.

“Many pieces that came out of that time are celebratory. Frederic Delius’s A Song Before Sunrise is a good example of someone who was caught up in the turmoil of war who turned to write something entertaining, more celebratory.”

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Celebrated Canadian cellist Stéphane Tétreault will make his Western Canadian debut with the SSO. (Luc Robitaille)

Celebrated Quebec cellist Stéphane Tétreault will be joining the SSO to play the Elgar concerto. Tétreault is recently returned from a European tour that garnered him rave reviews.

“I’ve been working to bring Stéphane to Saskatoon for 7 years,” says Turner. “He’s one of the next great generations of musicians. He’s a remarkable talent.”

Tétreault was a protégé of Quebec philanthropist Jaqueline Desmarais who died earlier this year. In 2012 he was gifted a 1707 Stradivarius, the instrument he will use to perform in Saskatoon.

Along with wartime composers, the SSO will open with a more contemporary response to war. John Burge’s Flanders Fields Reflections won the 2009 Juno award for Best Canadian Classical Composition. The music draws inspiration from John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields.

SSO – We Will Remember

Saturday Nov. 10, 2018

TCU Place

Tickets $34 – $73

Click here for more information.

 

Britainy Zapshalla With more than 15 years as an arts reporter at CBC Radio-Canada under her belt, Britainy Zapshalla considers herself not only an expert but also a die hard fan of Saskatchewan’s entertainment scene. She’s a regular contributor to CTV Morning Live in Saskatoon and loves to help people plan their weekends with Brit’s Picks.

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