Message from the Artistic Director

Sooo excited about our upcoming season. We have some wonderful new concert offerings this year as we are always exploring new aspects of the baroque era. We also have a few new projects coming up this year so keep your eyes open for them.

Our opening concert of the season will bring in the Christmas Season with a beautiful unveiling of Christmas Goes Baroque. This concert will be a seasonal baroque style offering. If your looking for a way to prepare your heart for Christmas the music will be reflective and the lyrics will help you remember the messages of this sacred season.

Hello, Mrs. Bach (Women in Baroque Music) will be a joint venture with one of our favourite partners Dr. Barbara Reul from Luther College at the University of Regina. Dr. Reul is an engaging presenter and has an uncanny way of taking an audience back in time to laugh and learn about the lives of these wonderful composers, performers and muses.

The Season Finale will be The Grand Tour. This tour was a baroque period gap year. Young Aristocrats would spend a few months to a few years in search of art, culture and the roots of western civilization. Per Sonatori will travel back with our Guest Baroque Violinist Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith. We had so much fun with Elyssa we invited her back right away so we could further explore the beautiful tones of her Baroque Violin. Come out and see her perform with us again.

Per Sonatori wants to welcome David Popoff as our new Executive Director. David has been performing with Per Sonatori for many seasons. He has performed on baroque recorder, baroque flute but truly he is most recognized for his roles as Mr. Bach and most recently as Telemann.

We also would like to welcome Geoffrey Allen to our board. He has recently moved here as a Librarian and is going to be at the helm of our newest offering Per Amatoriali. This new exciting project is an amateur group that will get together to explore early music as an ad hoc ensemble. Welcome Geoffrey.

Looking forward to yet another amazing year. Please come out and support your local musicians as we explore the baroque era up close and personal.

Tara Semple
Artistic Director, Per Sonatori