Con Spirito: Inside the SSO

June 2013
In This Issue
Season 9 opener
Cows & Classics
John Sanderson named personnel manager
Randi Patterson new artistic advisory chair

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Berthold Carrière

Music Director


Barbara Young

Associate Music Director 



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Season Nine opening night 

Howard Cable's

Big Band Swing

Saturday, Oct. 5  


The sounds and swing of Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and more!

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Cows & Classics, Sunday, June 30: 
THE summer event for the SSO
David Murray and friends

Music, garden tours, refreshments, schMOOOOzing. It's the Stratford Symphony's gala summer fundraising event for SSO supporters.

WHEN: Sunday, June 30, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

WHERE: David and Annamarie Murray's dairy farm (see directions below); tour the fabulous gardens; visit the cow barn; imbibe the incomparable country air

$20 (cash, please) at Fanfare Books, as well as at the event 


MUSIC:  Background moooood music on the lawn, followed by a concert featuring Schubert's Trout Quintet and other selections, played by David Murray (piano); Bruce Skelton (violin); John Sanderson (viola); Hector Vasquez (cello); Jack Winn (bass). Eileen Smith will sing a number of much-loved songs, including a piece from Gilbert and Sullivan. And Dan Stacey will do a Celtic set on his fiddle.


AT THE BAR: Wine, beer, soft drinks, lemonade and water; free finger food  


"MYSTERY BAGS" FOR SALE: What's in the bag? You'll have to buy it to find out, but for sure it'll be worth more than you paid for it!  



DIRECTIONS FROM STRATFORD: Drive west from Stratford on Highway #8; watch for New Holland implement dealer on right as you near Mitchell; shortly thereafter turn left onto West Perth Road 155; the Murray farm (a working dairy farm) is the first one on the right. Look for the balloons at Road 155 and in front of the farm. 


NOTE: Please bring a lawn chair.


Planned and sponsored by the SSO Board of Directors.  

Event chairs: Ted Yohn and Jean Hewitt 

Music planning: David Murray and Andrew MacDonald 


John Sanderson
John Sanderson

John Sanderson named
SSO personnel manager 
John Sanderson, violist with the SSO since 2009, has been named the orchestra's personnel manager.

John, who lives in Kitchener, freelances with the Guelph Symphony, the Waterloo Chamber Players and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra. He has served as personnel manager of the K-W Chamber Orchestra and contractor for musical theatre pit orchestras.

Andrew MacDonald
Andrew MacDonald
He recently retired after a 30-year career with the Waterloo  Region District School Board, 15 years as an elementary/secondary music teacher and 15 years as a secondary school administrator.

John replaces Andrew MacDonald, principal French horn, who had been serving on a volunteer basis for the past several years while also serving on the SSO board of directors. The personnel manager is liaison between the board (through the artistic advisory committee) and musicians. He lines up musicians for concerts, informs them of the rehearsal schedule and distributes paycheques after performances. He also works with the stage manager in setting up for concerts.

Personnel manager is one of three paid positions that support concerts. The other two are stage manager (David Spence) and librarian (Liesel Deppe). 
Patterson, Randi
Randi Patterson

Randi Patterson is new chair of SSO artistic advisory committee

Randi Patterson is the new chairperson of the Symphony's artistic advisory committee.

Randi, an SSO French horn player and a member of the board of directors, takes over from Andrew MacDonald, who is stepping down from his board seat.

The committee plans the concert season, and is currently charged by the board with developing new ideas to appeal to a wide variety of audience members and to musicians and conductors, "so they are excited about performances of works they want to introduce to our audience," says Randi. "Innovation is the key."

Committee members are Randi; Berthold Carrière, SSO music director; Barbara Young, associate music director; SSO musicians Andrew MacDonald, Jack Winn, Deb Mawdsley and Ron Laurie; Brennan Connolly, freelance musician, past Concerto Competition winner and former SSO member; and community members Ben Bolt-Martin (Factory Arts String Quartet, Stratford Festival and others) and Daniel Warren (conductor and arranger). Jean Hewitt, board vice-president, and John David Sterne, former SSO executive director, sit with the committee as "promotion" members.

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George Pearson / Editor, Con Spirito