September 21, 2019 7:30PM Concert
Life of Pi
Conexus Arts Centre, 200 Lakeshore Drive
The Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) kicks off its 2019-2020 season with a Masterworks concert featuring Canadian composer Mychael Danna’s Academy-Award winning score from the film Life of Pi. The concert takes place Saturday, September 21 at the Conexus Arts Centre at 7:30 pm – a new start time for the RSO this season. This first concert of the RSO’s 111th season is an eclectic program that also features Debussy’s La Mer, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Based on the novel by Canadian author Yann Martel, the film, Life of Pi, is based in India and tells the story of a young boy Pi, the lone human survivor of a terrible shipwreck of a boat that was transporting his family’s zoo animals. Pi, who finds refuge on a lifeboat along with a Bengal tiger, must pass weeks and months learning to survive. Martel will be in attendance for a pre-concert chat at 6:45 pm, hosted by RSO concertmaster Christian Robinson. The score for Life of Pi features a variety of traditional Indian instruments including the tabla (drums) and bansuri (flute). Thanks to a partnership with Cultural Connections Regina, several guest artists will join RSO Music Director Gordon Gerrard to accompany the orchestra on these traditional instruments. These guest artists include: Divyalakshmi Iyer, vocalist; Jatinder Parkash, bansuri; Shawn Mativetsky, tabla; and, Michael Bridge on accordion. Parkash, scored the bansuri part for the official soundtrack from Life of Pi, and also performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in its presentation of the Life of Pi score in 2015.