Con Spirito: Inside the SSO
Symphony shifts gears for summer activities 

JUNE   2014

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Our heartfelt thanks to


Berthold Carrière

Barbara Steed Young 

Music Directors Emeritus


  whose support and leadership have guided the SSO to a firm and stable position. 



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Mark your calendar:   


Summer Wine Tasting


with Stratford sommelier  

Bob Latham



August 17  

Stratford Golf and Country Club  

2 to 4:00 p.m.


Tickets $50  

($25  tax receipt provided)  



Volunteers needed for SSO activities

For information, contact the SSO office.


In-kind Sponsors 

Factory 163


OnSite Technology
Slide by Slide trombone quartet

Please join me
for . . .


Cows & Classics
It's simply bovine, dahlings!

Sunday, June 29  
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at the
David & Annamarie Murray dairy farm 

(directions below) 


Drink a toast to summer, the SSO and Ontario's rich farm culture at the Orchestra's annual outdoor celebration of all things musical. Tour the Murrays' fabulous perennial gardens, visit the cow barn, imbibe the incomparable country air.


The concert will feature Slide by Slide, a trombone quartet with an eclectic repertoire that includes classical music, Dixieland, jazz and more. Susan Follows, principal trombone for the SSO, is a member of the group, which also includes John Monkhouse, Bob Phillips and Dave Davidson. Susan, John and Dave, all University of Western Ontario grads, have been playing together for more than 25 years.


Also performing will be three young men who placed high in recent Ontario province-wide music competition:

--Connor Delaney, first place, music theatre senior level

--Nicholas Dolan, second place, music theatre senior level   

--Sean Dolan, second place, music theatre junior level


They will be accompanied on the piano by David Murray. 

$20 (cash, please) at Fanfare Books, as well as from the SSO office (519-271-0990) and at the event



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!


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 chair: Ted Yohn  

Music planning: David Murray  


Stratford Summer Music has a . . .
TAFELMUSIK SPECIAL 2-for-1 ticket offer
exclusively for patrons of the SSO. Reserve your tickets now.

Click here for details.


Season 10, The Journey So Far, will feature
Loreena McKennitt in Celtic Celebration

The SSO has announced a Season 10 concert lineup that features Loreena McKennitt as headliner for the Orchestra's mid-winter Celtic Celebration concert. Ms. McKennitt will sing selections from her latest album, The Journey So Far, a title that has been adopted by the Orchestra for its tenth-anniversary season.


The season's first concert, First Night of the Proms, will be Oct. 4. For a closer look at the entire season, click here.

                                          Photo: Ann Baggley 





John David Sterne, who helped assemble the SSO's Season 10, and Loreena McKennitt at the Season 10 launch June 10 at Gallery Stratford  



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