Entries by Gordon Gerrard

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CBC News, Saskatchewan
The Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) music director Gordon Gerrard is a respected figure in the new generation of Canadian musicians.

Trained first as a pianist and subsequently as a specialist in operatic repertoire, he brings a fresh perspective to the podium. His passion and dedication to producing thrilling musical experiences have endeared him to his fellow musicians and the public alike. Innovation in programming has been a key component to Gordon’s leadership and success in his role. Gordon’s vision has been to encompass traditional repertoire and then augment this programming to feature emerging Canadian composers and productions, such as the concert opera Candide.

Beethoven and Oscar the Grouch

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but occasionally the eternal optimist in me struggles. I really do believe in positive thinking, but now and then, I seem to misplace my rose-coloured glasses. I know I’m supposed to be cheery and thankful and grateful and all that, but there are just those days when it seems too […]

Saint-Saëns and the presidential bathtub

I would hazard a guess that not many of us give a lot of thought to our respective legacies. There’s just too much other stuff to worry about on any given day. My sphere of influence is comparatively small on this side of the ground, so it’s hard to imagine that the many future generations […]

John Adams and YuMi the robot conductor

They warned us about the machines. In case you didn’t have enough to worry about in the news lately, there’s been an increasing amount of talk in recent months about how robots will eventually steal your job. They may look innocuous, but those self-checkout machines at your local grocery store are actually harbingers of doom. […]

RSO partners with Buffy Sainte-Marie on reconciliation project

Jennifer Ackerman, Regina Leader Post
Canadian musical icon and social activist Buffy Sainte-Marie is joining the Regina Symphony Orchestra on a project aimed at opening up the conversation around truth and reconciliation.

“I appreciate the fact that the RSO wanted to be involved in something for reconciliation,” said Sainte-Marie. “Every bit helps … just to acknowledge that we’re all here together today trying to make a better world.”

Verdi and the Flat-Earthers

I learned something about myself this week: I am not nearly imaginative enough to be a conspiracy theorist. Unless you’ve spent the last several weeks living under a rock, you will know that this week there was a total solar eclipse. I didn’t get my act together in time to locate approved eclipse-viewing glasses (and […]

What I was supposed to do this summer

Every year right around this time I get a little panicky. Summer is racing onwards and I don’t seem to be doing enough about it. We have now officially passed over this summer’s halfway point—to be exact, there are only 41 measly days left. Eep. I had so many plans. Gin and tonic hour on […]

Puccini and rich people problems

I recently fell down an internet rabbit hole and stumbled across an article entitled “Ten Ways Rich People are Worse Off than You.” Apparently, the biggest reasons why the ultra-wealthy toss and turn at night: lazy kids, needy friends and the near-constant threat of being sued. Maybe it’s just my little stone of a heart, […]

The Velvet Gentleman Diet

We are now officially in the dog days of summer, and once again I find myself without my beach body. Oops. A quick internet search tells me though there is still hope for this summer. With the right miracle diet (and the right price), I too could be an Adonis on the sands before August […]