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Berthold Carrière

Barbara Young 

Music Directors


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Mark your calendar:   


Classical Masters  


Saturday, Apr. 12, 

Knox Church

7:30 p.m. 


Conducted by
Paul Pulford   


With Edward Cho, cellist
winner of 2013 SSO Concerto Competition


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Dramatic Beethoven 
Saturday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.  

Keith Hamm, viola soloist

Scott Wentworth & Marion Adler,
      dramatic reading

Daniel Warren, guest conductor 



The Stratford Symphony Orchestra's March 1 concert, Dramatic Beethoven, will offer concertgoers an experience rich in drama, both musical and theatrical.


Scott Wentworth and Marion Adler, whose music and theatrical talents are well known to followers of the Stratford Festival and the Stratford arts community, will perform dramatic readings that connect with Ludwig van Beethoven's love of the countryside as expressed in his Pastoral Symphony and, in sharp contrast, with the tensions and strife surrounding war as expressed in his Coriolan Overture, which opens the concert. Their readings will also include Shakespeare sonnets that complement compositions by Carl Maria von Weber and Max Bruch (see below).


Keith Hamm, winner of the 2011 SSO Emerging Artists Concerto Competition, will return to perform viola solos in Weber's Andante and Hungarian Rondo and Bruch's Romance for Viola and Orchestra.


Guest conductor will be Daniel Warren, who has shaped the program to reflect a musical and artistic vision of the "country" nature of Stratford. Mr. Warren is the first of six candidates invited to plan and conduct a Stratford Symphony concert as part of an audition process that will culminate in the naming of an SSO principal conductor in March 2015.


The concert will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ontario and Waterloo streets in Stratford, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, with a reception following. Tickets ($35 for adults, $20 for students) are available at Fanfare Books, Blowes Stationery and Downie Street Bakehouse in Stratford and Lyric Flowers in St. Marys, as well as online and at the door. For additional information contact Sharon McDonald, SSO office (519-271-0990).




Kevin Hamm, 2011 concerto  

competition winner, returns 


Mr. Hamm, now principal viola with the Canadian Opera Company, has always wanted to play the Weber and Bruch selections you will hear at this concert. 



Wentworth, Adler readings  
will extend concert experience 

Stratford stage veterans Scott Wentworth and Marion Adler were asked to select dramatic readings to complement the musical works on the Dramatic Beethoven program. They will move about the hall as they read, appearing and disappearing just before the orchestra plays each selection.

Daniel Warren is candidate
for SSO principal conductor

The Stratford Symphony Orchestra has begun a process to select a permanent principal conductor. Daniel Warren, guest conductor of the March 1 concert, is the first of six candidates who will conduct a concert as part of the audition process.

Celebrity Dinner March 8 with  
tenor Roger Honeywell 
Only a few tickets yet unsold 

A few tickets are still available for the SSO's Celebrity Dinner fundraiser March 8, hosted by board member David Murray and Annamarie Murray and featuring tenor Roger Honeywell. Mr. Honeywell, who recently played the role of Bob Boles opposite Ben Heppner in the Canadian Opera Company's Peter Grimes, will sing arias from the great operas.


Annamarie will serve a seven-course gourmet meal, using her own garden ingredients, and David will select wines to complement the feast. Tickets are $125 (tax credit $75). Contact Sharon at 519-271-0990.

Where will you be able to see Geraint Wyn-Davies
and Claire Lautier on April 1, 2014?


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