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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.

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.”

Humility key to RSO maestro’s 1st season success

CBC News, Saskatchewan
Gordon Gerrard’s first season as the musical director of the Regina Symphony Orchestra is nearing its end and any success, he feels, lies in his approach to the music and players.

“It’s really important that you start with respect,” Gerrard told CBC Radio’s Saskatchewan Weekend on Sunday. “There’s not a difference in status.”

Gerrard took on the role of maestro back in August. He said his first hope heading into the job was to solidify the relationship and rapport between him and the players.

It was a night to remember for Gordon Gerrard and the Regina Symphony Orchestra

Jeff DeDekker, Regina Leader Post
As far as debuts go, Gordon Gerrard couldn’t have hoped for a better evening.

Gerrard made his debut as the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s music director on Saturday, at the helm of the first Masterworks Series concert of the 2016-17 season, James Ehnes & Beethoven.