Symphony produces CD
A U of S music teacher has been a key to helping the Saskatoon Symphony produce its first compact disc in its 75-year existence.
Neil Currie, an accomplished composer and instructor with the music department since 1999, now a term-appointment assistant professor, composed the four pieces that make up Passionscape the Symphony’s CD which was launched Oct. 15.
Currie also conducted the orchestra for two of the four pieces. Former Saskatoon Symphony artistic director Ear Stafford conducted the orchestra for the other two recorded pieces – one featuring Alain Trudel on trombone.
More than 60 professional Saskatchewan musicians perform on the recording. Funding came from the Sask. Arts Board, the Canada Council, the Dr. Gelmon family, the Maple Vista Foundation, and the Symphony. Currie along with other individuals , the CBC and Saskatoon’s Cosmic Pad Studios, also contributed to the CD’s production.
Passionscape is on sale at Symphony concerts and McNalley Robinson Booksellers, for $20. Revenue goes to the Symphony.