Con Spirito: Inside the SSO 

MAY   2014

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Berthold Carrière

Barbara Steed Young 

Music Directors


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Mark your calendar:   



Season 10  



Tuesday, June 10, 

Gallery Stratford

54 Romeo Street 

5-6:00 p.m.  




 Details of the gala 10th anniversary season


Please come!  




Cows and Classics


Sunday, June 29  


Details to come 




Volunteers needed for SSO activities

For information, contact the SSO office.

A glimpse of  
Season 10

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.


Mikado Reception Sponsor

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        The SSO presents . . . 
The Mikado
 in Concert 
Saturday, May 10  
7:30 p.m.  

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.) 


Berthold Carrière

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

performers appearing in the SSO concert are Aggie Elliot, Douglas Chamberlain, Eileen Smith, Reid Spencer and Karen Wood. Also singing major roles are Josh Clemenger, Barbara Dunn-Prosser and Adam Iannetta. (For a synopsis of the Mikado plot, click here.)


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.
Click here 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).


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