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SSO Special: Cue the Candelabra, It’s Liberace

November 23, 2013

$25 – $60


Suppe: Light Cavalry Overture
Joplin: The Entertainer
Gershwin: Song Medley
Beethoven: Pathetique Andante
Addinsell: Theme from Warsaw Concerto
arr Polstar: That’s Entertainment
Chopin: Nocturne
Lloyd Weber: Memory
Vangelis: Chariots of Fire
Fina: Bumble Boogie
arr Jackson: AD LIBerace

About the Concert

Liberace, American showman and glittering pianist, was the highest paid entertainer in the world in the 1970s and ‘80s before his life and death became headlines. When asked about one harsh review, he quipped “I cried all the way to the bank.”

Veteran conductor and concert pianist Brian Jackson is one of Canada’s most beloved pops conductors. Now, Maestro Jackson brings the spirit of Liberace to life with re-creations of Liberace’s sparkling style, including a Gershwin medley, Chopin’s “Nocturne,” “Flight of the Bumblebee,” “The Entertainer,” “Warsaw Concerto,” “Chariots of Fire,” plus other show tunes and light classics.

Media Release

Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra brings piano showman’s glitz to Third Avenue United Church, November 23

(Saskatoon, SK)  Liberace, legendary showman and glittering pianist, was for a time, the world’s highest paid entertainer. Now, Canada’s renowned pops conductor Brian Jackson, an accomplished concert pianist himself, brings his re-creation of Liberace’s sparkling style and witty banter, complete with glitzy costumes and candelabra, to the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, next Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 pm, at  Third Avenue United Church.

Maestro Jackson will conduct the orchestra, as well as perform on a beautiful concert grand piano generously supplied for the event by Roger and Marie Jolly of Yamaha Piano Centre. He brings the spirit of Liberace’s piano style to some of the showman’s greatest hits, like Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” a Gershwin medley, “Memory” from Cats, and Vangelis’ beautiful theme from Chariots of Fire. Liberace’s classical hits, like Beethoven’s “Pathetique Andante,” the “Warsaw Concerto,” and Chopin’s “Nocturne,” are also on the program, along with  “Bumble Boogie” and a few surprises.

Maestro Brian Jackson, began his career with the BBC. After emigrating to Canada, he began a conducting career now spanning over 35 years, including 17 years as Principal Pops Conductor of the Victoria Symphony. He held the same position at the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and remains the Principal Pops Conductor of Orchestra London. He has conducted every major orchestra in Canada, as well as orchestras in the US, the UK, and in South America.

The concert, originally scheduled for TCU Place, was moved when it was clear that it would benefit from the more intimate setting of the beautiful church. With the generous support of new owner, John Orr, and understanding from TCU Place, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present this delightful evening.

Tickets start at just $25, INCLUDING service charges, and are available at SaskatoonSymphony.org and at the door.


November 23, 2013
$25 – $60
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Third Avenue Centre
304 - 3rd Avenue North
Saskatoon, Canada