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Berthold Carrière

Barbara Young 

Music Directors



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Mark your calendar:  


A Celtic Celebration with 
Dan Stacey

Saturday, Jan. 25

Knox Church

7:30 p.m. 


Conducted by
Barbara Young 


With the Stratford Police Pipes & Drums

Richard Fitzpatrick reads Robbie Burns's
Address to a Haggis


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Bert, Barbara & friends invite you to
A Festive Night
Music, carol singing,  
readings, food & fun

Friday, December 20, 7:00 p.m. 
Falstaff Family Centre 
35 Waterloo St., Stratford


Purchase tickets ($20) at Fanfare Books or by phoning the SSO office (519-271-0990). Tickets will also be sold at the door. All proceeds go to benefit the Stratford Symphony Orchestra. 


Join SSO music directors Berthold Carrière and
Barbara Young and their star-studded group of friends (see impressive list below) for a memorable evening of music, food and frivolity. This is a family event, so bring children and grandchildren. Food and drink galore: tourtière, sausage rolls, desserts of all kinds, wine bar. 


Don't miss this glorious event. Get your tickets and make plans now to attend.

Ann Baggley was assistant director of the Stratford  Festival's production of Fiddler on the Roof this past season. She was part of the ensemble at Shaw Festival, worked in regional theatres across Canada and was co-creator of Start Stratford Arts and Culture Magazine, an online publication.

Marilyn Dallman
is music administrator for the Stratford Festival. She was associate conductor for Fiddler on the Roof and keyboards for Tommy. She has worked for radio, televison and various theatres, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, City Center in New York and the Old Vic in London, England.

Barbara Fulton has been a cast member at the Stratford Festival for 19 seasons, most recently in Fiddler on the Roof and Romeo and Juliet. She is a singer with remarkable versatility and has hosted many concert evenings of Stephen Sondheim's music and more recently jazz standards with her trio.

Valerie Hawkins made her Stratford Festival debut this past season in Fiddler on the Roof and also appeared in Romeo and Juliet. She was in the original cast of Ragtime on Broadway (Livent) and appeared in several off-Broadway productions as well.

Roger Honeywell
Roger Honeywell, tenor, performed as Bob Boles opposite Ben Heppner in this season's Canadian Opera Company's production of Peter Grimes. He also reprised the role of Captain Vere in Billy Budd with Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.

David Murray, past president of the SSO board of directors, is a board member of Dairy Farmers of Canada and former vice-chair of Dairy Farmers of Ontario. He studied music prior to becoming a farmer and has performed on the piano for several SSO fundraising events, including hosting the Cows and Classics concert and fundraiser.

Teddy Payne wrote The Man Who Loved Women, a compilation of pictures, short stories, and poetry, and Teddy Payne's Restaurants of Stratford, a charming little volume of watercolours, reviews, and signature recipes from the chefs (who number among his friends) of some of the world's great restaurants that call Stratford home. He donated this book as a fundraiser to the SSO.

Paul Shilton has directed and composed music for theatres throughout Ontario, including the Stratford Festival. He is vocal ensemble instructor for the Theatre Arts Department at Fanshawe College, composition coordinator for the Stratford Festival summer music theatre program and music teacher at the Stratford Middle Years School.

Kelly Walker 2
Kelly Walker is an author and speaker as well as an accomplished singer, songwriter and recording artist. He addresses audiences across North America with his spirited message of hope and courage and humour, addressing such timely concerns as change, burnout, leadership, humour and grief.

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