Regina Symphony Orchestra announces tour to Sask. First Nations with Buffy Sainte-Marie
Regina concert to be followed with outreach program
The Regina Symphony Orchestra is going on the road with Buffy Sainte-Marie in hopes of reaching new audiences in Saskatchewan.
The partnership will continue with a community tour to three First Nation communities across southern Saskatchewan in the spring.
RSO said they wanted to partner with Sainte-Marie after she was announced as the 2015 Polaris Music Prize winner and performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The organization began planning how Sainte-Marie could return to her roots in Saskatchewan to perform with the RSO and help it build relationships with First Nations.
"Her aim will be to connect with the people who live in these communities, especially young people, to talk with them, to perform for them and with them, to inspire them," Gerrard said. "And it will be an honour for me personally and the musicians of the Regina Symphony to join her in this endeavour."
Project nets provincial and federal funding
RSO would not disclose the amount of funding from The Canada Council for the Arts due to a grant agreement.
Casino Regina is also donating $20,000 to the project. Christine Tell, Minister responsible for Sask. Gaming, said it will help the ministry share one of its core values: diversity.
"This donation will also help remove financial and geographical barriers that make assessing the arts challenging for people," said Tell.