Saturday we had our first rehearsal of the year with Eric Paetkau. As per usual it was a very energetic rehearsal where most of the questions we had about the flow of the music and all those artist related questions were answered simply by going through the pieces with Eric conducting. In other words it was a pretty good rehearsal, we were comfortable with the pieces and were ready for some of the nuance from Eric. Not too many hiccoughs, we did move back into section formation from the mixed formation we were singing in. To lend more credence to the dramatic flair the different sounds by section produced. Regardless, it was fun and standing in the back row listening to the blend of the sounds made as we sang through the program were pretty special, even without the Orchestra in house.
When we had the opportunity for a break I finally made a point of asking a question of Eric, I asked if he was related to a Paul Paetkau – whom I had sung with for a couple of years in the Richard Eaton Singers – before Paul relocated out of the Edmonton area. Eric responded that Paul was his Dad. I was surprised and pleased to be told that Paul would also be coming to the concert on Friday evening. Small world.
So this week will be a busy one with three rehearsals for me – one SCS and two SSO, followed by a performance. Yay!
At rehearsal we had news that the concert, October 28, had been tagged by CBC Radio 2 as their hot ticket of the week, which was further passed to us in an email – the text of which I have copied below. Cool!!
SSO Named CBC Hot Ticket
The SSO is thrilled to share some exciting news!
CBC Radio 2’s In Concert picks a concert each week and promotes it as the hottest ticket in Canada for that week – this week our first Baroque concert has been named CBC’s Hot Ticket!
The remarkable Julia Wedman makes her SSO solo debut, returning to her hometown for Bach’s A minor Violin Concerto. Wedman has been traveling the globe with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for more than a decade.
The concert features the SSO Chrous and three emerging artists whose voices must be heard – arguably Bach’s most famous Cantata comes to life for the first time in Saskatoon’s history. It’s filled with uplifting melodies and beautiful sounds. A favourite of choirs, orchestras, and audiences alike!
Find out why this concert is getting noticed across the country –get your tickets now.
Bach Wachet Auf
Friday, October 28th at 7:30pm
Knox United Church