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Trust, Transparency and Truth
Orchestras Canada Blog     04. 03. 20
Both Marion and Gordon agreed that this is long, sustained and slow work. It required a transparency from the orchestra, sharing things that they weren’t used to sharing with outside groups. “We’re still in the truth part of Truth & Reconciliation,” Marion says. This is uncomfortable, but necessary work to do if true consultation and partnership is the genuine goal.
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RSO 2020-21 includes Jess Moskaluke, Joni Mitchell('s songs) and throat-boxing
Ashley Martin, Regina Leader Post     03. 19. 20
The 2020-21 season has something for everyone — at least, that’s Gerrard’s hope.
“Part of the challenge and what I think is so interesting about the job is we have an orchestra that is designed to serve a very wide range of people, different audiences and different tastes,” said Gerrard.
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'Missing' opera: RSO seeks to open eyes and hearts in co-production
Ashley Martin, Regina Leader Post     11. 02. 19

 

When Gordon Gerrard first heard about Missing, presented in November 2017 in Vancouver and Victoria, he immediately wanted to bring it to Regina.

“I felt strongly that it was a story that, well, frankly everybody in Canada needs to see and hear. And I thought we would do our best to try and make it happen in Regina,” said Gerrard, music director of the Regina Symphony Orchestra.

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Life of Pi an adventurous start to Regina Symphony season
Ashley Martin, Regina Leader Post     09. 19. 19

“I’m super excited about it because I’ve never really worked with these instruments before, so at this point in my career, that’s not that often that that happens,” said Gerrard.

“So this is kind of a new adventure and the fact that there are four (guest artists) also, it just changes the dynamic.”

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Steven Page to join Regina Symphony in Forward Currents festival
Ashley Martin, Regina Leader Post     01. 31. 19

“It just seemed like overwhelmingly (mental health) was on people’s minds and it seemed like now was the time to try and tackle what we can do to help bring this conversation forward,” said Gordon Gerrard, the RSO’s music director.

“One of the aims of Forward Currents is not to provide any sort of answers or ‘this is what we need to do or what we have to do,’ but really it’s to inspire conversation and to keep conversations moving forward.”

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'Taking the music to the people': Gordon Gerrard brings Regina symphony outside auditorium walls
Madeline Kotzer, CBC News     11. 01. 18
"We're really trying to broaden our reach and include more people in what I think is a life-changing and life-affirming art form," he said. "To realize that some people assume, [classical music] is not for them, is disappointing to me. And it's not on them to change, it's on us to change that."
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New arts festival set to debut in Regina with theme of Truth and Reconciliation
CBC News, Saskatchewan     02. 25. 18

 

Gordon Gerrard, music director for the RSO, says it's common for orchestras to have genre-themed festivals, but RSO wanted to do something different. 

"I've always felt that there's more to what an orchestra can offer than some people realize," said Gerrard. 

"So, we thought we would start a festival every year taking its theme from a different issue of social relevance in our community."

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In Saskatchewan, a new music festival focuses on Truth and Reconciliation
Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail     02. 15. 18
 
"I think that will inevitably be on people's minds," says RSO music director Gordon Gerrard, whose original goal was to look at issues in the community and across the country that required open and frank discussion. "I think in light of the events of the past week, it's become even more clear to us that we need to keep talking. And if we can help facilitate that then I feel like this festival is doing what we want it to do."
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RSO's Gordon Gerrard is in the right spot at the right time
Jeff DeDekker, Regina Leader Post     12. 01. 17

Heading toward the 18-month mark at the helm of the Regina Symphony Orchestra as its music director, Gordon Gerrard has been a busy, busy man.

Moving to Regina from his position with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Gerrard took over the reins in July 2016 after former music director Victor Sawa ended a 20-year association with the RSO. The 39-year-old Gerrard faced a daunting situation — he was taking over from a Regina legend and facing demanding expectations from both the RSO and its fan base.

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RSO hopes music can bridge reconciliation conversation at inaugural music festival Forward Currents
Ashley Martin, Regina Leader Post     11. 23. 17

 

A partnership between the Regina Symphony Orchestra and MacKenzie Art Gallery, Forward Currents will feature a variety of Indigenous artists, including Knight, Toronto musician Jeremy Dutcher and mezzo-soprano Marion Newman. Writer Drew Hayden Taylor will host.

Gordon Gerrard, music director for the RSO, hopes to make this an annual festival, always with a socially relevant theme.

Future ideas include mental health, new Canadians and LGBT issues.

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Meet 10 more 2017 Future 40 winners
CBC News, Saskatchewan     10. 24. 17

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.

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RSO partners with Buffy Sainte-Marie on reconciliation project
Jennifer Ackerman, Regina Leader Post     09.13.17

 

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.”

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Humility key to RSO maestro's 1st season success
CBC News, Saskatchewan       04. 30. 17

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.

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It was a night to remember for Gordon Gerrard and the Regina Symphony Orchestra 
Jeff DeDekker, Regina Leader Post      09. 18. 16

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.

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