Residents looking for an intimate introduction to classical music can put an end to their search.
The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) Chamber Ensemble held the first concert of its annual Players’ Choice Sunday Concert Series over the weekend. Organizers say these performances provide the audience with a more intimate musical experience.
“You can have a personal experience at a large concert as well, but you’re not going to feel as connected to the musicians,” said Michael McCoy, marketing director for the SSO.
“Some of (the musicians) are very comfortable about getting up and talking about the piece they’re about to play and why it means something to them, so it does create a back and forth,” he said, noting that kind of interaction wouldn’t usually occur at a larger event.
Made up of the symphony’s 10 core musicians the concert series, which runs from Sept. 30 through April 21, provides the performers with some creative free reign, as they get to select their own music.
Principal Oboe player, Erin Brophey, said establishing a connection between the audience and the performers is an important part of the experience for both parties.
“When we’re playing, we get a sense of what the audience thinks about what were doing, which I find very meaningful,” said Brophey. “It’s an opportunity for them as audience members to see us a little bit closer up, see a little bit of our personalities and have more of a connection with the music because it is so intimate.”
Tickets to each concert range from $15 – $23 and all performances are held at the Delta Bessborough.