Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra has named a new music director.
Eric Paetkeau is a Juno nominated conductor who has been involved with several ensembles including Les Violons du Roy and Tafelmusik. He is also the founder of the 'group of 27' chamber music ensemble.
"There is this positive energy permeating everything," he said in reference to the SSO. Paetkeau told Saskatoon Morning host LeishaGrebinski that he was enticed by the role after talking to SSO executive director Mark Turner about his vision for the future. "I thought 'Wow, I want to be a part of that.' "
Paetkeau said he will focus on artistic excellence as well as reaching out into the community to build the audience..
He plans to do that through strong relationships with the people he meets in his everyday life. "I know my dry cleaners, I know my convenience store owners" he said. "And they come to my concerts."
Paetkeau grew up in Western Canada and his grandmother is from Saskatoon. He said he will live in Saskatoon and continue to work on other music projects based in other cities.