Presented by Dr Roberta McKay & Elmer Brenner
Music Director’s Welcome
One of the great powers an orchestra possesses is its ability to be an unparalleled storyteller. Whether it’s with or without the addition of actual text, music has the intangible and mysterious ability to take us to places we don’t know and to introduce us to characters we have not yet dreamed up. This is what draws us to music, and maybe more importantly, this is how music draws us to one another. Ultimately, it’s how music helps us to create community. I hope that this video of The Crow’s Prophecy, along with the accompanying Teachers’ Guide, will help you in the essential work you are doing awakening young imaginations to the possibilities that lie in music. It’s my hope that you as educators here in Southern Saskatchewan have—or soon will—come to look on the RSO as a resource for what you do every day. Please accept my humblest thanks for all that you have done and continue to do in helping to create citizens who understand the value of music and the arts in general. Vibrant communities are built slowly and methodically by a vast network of individuals who care deeply about the places they live. Thank you for being one of these people.
Regina Symphony Orchestra
The Crow’s Prophecy Synopsis
This is the story of how, RSO principal oboe player Tamsin Johnson accidently swallows her reed and is turned into a crow. She then meets a variety of musical characters that help her discover her love for music in a Wizard of Oz-like quest to be transformed back into a human. “The Crow’s Prophecy” shows how music can tell stories, express ideas, and share emotions.
This 40-minute performance is interactive, fun, and is tailored to the Saskatchewan arts education learning outcomes for grades 1-6.
A Teachers’ Guide accompanies the video performance of “The Crow’s Prophecy” providing guided listening, historical information, lesson plans, and activities related to each piece in the performance. The Teachers’ Guide provides flexible lesson plans that can easily delivered in-person, in a social distanced classroom, and through remote learning .
For more information about this performance contact
Shawn Earle, RSO Education and Outreach Manager
Thank you to Dr Roberta McKay and Mr Elmer Brenner for their support of this project. To learn more about how to provide financial support our programs, contact Megan McCormick, RSO Development.
Gordon Gerrard, Music Director
Marie-Noelle Berthelet, Author
Marlene Hinz, Narrator
Regina Symphony Chamber Players
Marie-Noelle Berthelet, flute
Tamsin Johnston, oboe,
Hyon Suk Kim, clarinet
Anna Norris, bassoon
Richard Burdick, horn
Miles Newman, trumpet
Christian Robinson, violin
Carmen Constantinescu, violin
Heng-Han Hou, violin
Jonathan Ward, viola
Simon Fryer, cello
Christopher Jones, bass
Teachers’ Guide Graphic Design by Bradbury Brand Experts
Video by Strategy Lab