Barbara Steed Young
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Mark your calendar:
Tuesday, June 10,
54 Romeo Street
Details of the gala 10th anniversary season
Cows and Classics
Sunday, June 29
Details to come
Volunteers needed for SSO activities
Stratford violinist Andrew Chung will be featured soloist in next season's opener: First Night at the Proms. He will play the lyrical, inspiring The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughn Williams.
The SSO presents . . .
Saturday, May 10
Berthold Carrière, conductor
Barbara Steed Young, director
For its final concert of the current season on May 10, the Stratford Symphony Orchestra will reprise the music of The Mikado, featuring some of the performers from the highly acclaimed Stratford Festival production of that comic opera in the 1980s. (For the complete program, click here.)
Conducting the SSO's The Mikado in Concert will be Berthold Carrière, who was Festival music director and conductor of the Mikado production that later toured the United States. Former Festival Mikado
Director for The Mikado in Concert is Barbara Steed Young. (See Director's Notes.) She and Mr. Carrière are co-music directors for the SSO.
The concert will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ontario and Waterloo streets in Stratford, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 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).
A reception for the cast, the orchestra and concertgoers, hosted by Investors Group, will follow the performance.
| |Geraint Wyn Davies, Claire Lautier headline May 4 SSO benefit concert,
'Loss and Reconnection'
(See poster for all the details)
| | What? You didn't attend the SSO's
inaugural Phantom Ball?
Luckily for you, your absence went unnoticed, because no one else showed up either. But if you bought tickets, you were indeed noticed -- and much appreciated.
for a note of thanks from the organizers!
Young Hamilton violinist wins SSO 2014
Emerging Artist Concerto Competition
Adam Despinic, a young violinist from Hamilton, has won the 2014 SSO Emerging Artists Concerto Competition. Adam impressed the jury with his musicality and technique in his performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
A music student at McMaster University, Adam studies with Michael Schulte. He has performed as a soloist with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and has won many local competitions. He plays in the Schulte Strings orchestra and the Violius String Quartet, his own group that plays for weddings, receptions, dinners and special events.
The SSO jury was impressed by the performances of all six competitors. They named clarinetist Anna Dickey, a student at Western University, as runner-up for her performance of the Copland Clarinet Concerto.
The jury comprised Barbara Steed Young, co-music director of the SSO; Deborah Wunder, SSO concertmaster; Andrew MacDonald, principal horn; and Kaye Royer, principal clarinet.
Adam will perform as a soloist in the SSO's upcoming Season 10. He will also appear at the orchestra's upcoming House Concert fundraiser May 4 (see separate item on this event).