Moose Jaw native Stephen Patterson is performing in his home province on Sept. 28
Regina isn’t Stephen Patterson’s hometown, but it’s close enough.
“I’ve always wanted to come back to Moose Jaw and do some sort of concert,” Patterson said.
Instead, the 41-year-old tenor/baritone singer will perform with the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) at the Conexus Arts Centre on Sept. 28 for Broadway Today.
Originally from Moose Jaw, Patterson has been living in Ontario since 1991. He doesn’t get a lot of time to come back to Saskatchewan for visiting friends and family, but he sees his hectic schedule as a positive.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be working enough,” Patterson said. “As an actor, it’s difficult to make ends meet sometimes, but I’ve been lucky. Unfortunately though, that takes me away from getting home.”
He considers the Sept. 28 show in Regina a “blessing” because he is able to make time for his home province while performing with the RSO.
“To sing with the symphony is a dream of any singer. I feel very, very lucky to be able to perform with the Regina Symphony because they’re also such a fantastic symphony. I feel like I’m the lucky one,” Patterson said.
He’s been rehearsing with guest conductor Charles T. Cozens for the past six months in Ontario. Patterson will be singing alongside soprano Helena Janik and mezzo-soprano Gisele Fredette.
Patterson’s dad is making sure that Broadway Today feels like a homecoming for his son by chartering a bus from Moose Jaw to Regina. Patterson said his dad had 25 people confirmed to take the bus to Regina, but if there are more people interested, they’ll just get a bigger bus.
“It should be exciting. I think we’re going to have a little reception in the lobby afterwards so I can at least say hi to the people that I grew up with or that I know who are there,” Patterson said. “And then I’ve got to jump on a plane the next morning and come back to Stratford, the Stratford Festival, for a show.”
Patterson is in his fourth season with the Stratford Festival.
“The talent around here and the work that they do is such high quality, I feel like I’m being pushed to be my best and the shows I’m doing are certainly the top in the country right now,” Patterson said.
Anyone interested in taking the chartered bus from Moose Jaw to Regina for Broadway Today on Sept. 28 can email email@example.com.