by Kathy Sabo June 05, 2023
As I continue to lean into the power of 'Yes,' I have been putting myself out of my comfort zone to try new things. I'm still discovering new experiences that I'm excited to explore here in Regina.
Last month, I invited my old friend Megan to be a guest on my radio show, and she happily accepted. Megan has always been up to exciting adventures in the city, and since we've known each other since our twenties, it's always a delight to catch up. She never fails to have a fascinating new project to share, making her an ideal guest for my CJTR Radio show, Get Chatty with Kathy.
Megan currently is making magic happen at the Regina Symphony. To get more insight into her work, she suggested attending the next upcoming show. This is where my leaning toward 'yes' is evident. To be completely honest, I am a bit embarrassed about this. Before May 14th, I had never attended the Symphony in Regina.
I could provide a lengthy list of reasons as to why I didn't attend the RSO, it ultimately came down to one thing – I didn't comprehend what I was missing. Admittedly, I took ballet for many years and became familiar with the classics. However, after many years of not listening to Tchaikovsky, watching a symphony performance live left me captivated in a way that I didn't expect.
With both daughters in hand, I thought it would be a great idea to take them to the symphony. My girls are aged 6 and 9 and I wasn't entirely sure if they would appreciate it. However, from the moment the performance began, we were captivated and couldn't take our eyes off the incredible music that was being played in front of us.
The concert's first half featured Ian Parker, a guest pianist, performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. Parker is a highly skilled pianist, and we were very lucky to watch him perform. Ian has performed across the United States, Europe, Israel, and Canada on various tours. His training started at the age of three with his father, Edward Parker. Educated at The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky, he completed his master’s degree. He also was awarded the Sylva Gelber Career Grant by the Canada Council for the Arts, presented annually to the “most talented Canadian artist.”
The Classics season came to a close with a stunning performance featuring music by Dinuk Wijeratne, followed by Brahms' Symphony No. 4. Listening to classical music at home or in a ballet studio simply cannot compare to the live experience. The performance was so moving that the standing ovation almost brought me to tears. It was an unforgettable event that took place right here in Regina.
After experiencing the magic of the RSO, I visited their website to explore my options for enjoying their performances again. I was pleasantly surprised by the wide range of offerings available – it's clear that they are committed to making this music accessible to everyone. From family packages to pick-your-own packages, they offer a variety of musical genres and locations to choose from.
From what I gather COVID left the Symphony, like many non-profits, in need of financial donations to keep this cultural necessity open. Their SOS or 'Save Our Symphony'- asking for donations did not fall on deaf ears. I will make sure to include the RSO when I am planning my next date night, girls' night out, or with the kiddos. I am thankful and grateful I that I got out of my comfort zone and did something different. It was awesome and available right here in Regina!
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