*video courtesy of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (2020)
Allison Miller considers herself very lucky this year. Despite all the challenges that the pandemic has brought, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra’s principal flutist has been able to perform regularly with the orchestra and is also teaching privately and at the University of Saskatchewan. Miller will be one of the featured soloists for The Carnival of Venice Saturday Feb. 27th live stream.
“We’re the lucky few that are still able to perform,” she explains. “There’s been major adjustments for sure, but we’ve still been able to aspire, look forward and be on stage.”
It’s the first time Miller has taken center stage with the SSO. This performance will be a celebration of baroque composers like Marcello, Tartini and Vivaldi. It’s a performance that will evoke the stories of Casanova, masked balls and the opulence of Venetian music. Miller says the SSO’s live stream performances have become an invaluable tool for her as a teacher.
“I always incorporate my musical ideas and lessons into my own playing. When my students watch the live stream, they can hear and see these ideas in action.”
“Our concerts are so accessible right now for my students. I always incorporate my musical ideas and lessons into my own playing,” says Miller. “When my students watch the live stream, they can hear and see these ideas in action.”
This performance will showcase several other soloists; soprano Chelsea Mahan, trumpeter Dean McNeill and principal oboe Erin Brophey will all be featured.
“It’s great to highlight these talented performers who are right in our midst,” says Music Director Eric Paetkau. “These accomplished musicians will delight the audience with these pieces which take unexpected musical turns. This music is fresh and exciting and it’s really hard to sit still and play.”
Miller says she’s excited to be a featured on this program. She’s been working hard to stay true to the music while adding her own flair to the performance.
“I’ve bounced my ideas off colleagues, and my husband asking them how it sounds. As a soloist you can be more dramatic and stand out a little more,” she says. “These pieces are joyful and sparkly. I hope the audience gets a little lift from this concert. That is spreads a little joy.”
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
The Carnival of Venice
Saturday Feb. 27
For more information about the live stream, click here.