Con Spirito: Inside the SSO

AUGUST   2014

SSO logo


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. 



Warm greetings from the Stratford Symphony Orchestra. Con Spirito enables us to carry on a conversation with music lovers in the Stratford community and beyond. Please feel free to send us an email  

with your thoughts or comments.



Send this edition of Con Spirito to your friends. 

Just click





Mark your calendar:   


First Night of the Proms


The first concert of Season 10


Saturday, October 4, 7:30 p.m.
Knox Presbyterian Church

Guest conductor:  

Nigel Evans  


Guest artists:

Andrew Chung, vioin  


Geraint Wyn Davies, narrator 



Volunteers needed for SSO activities

For information, contact the SSO office.


In-kind Sponsors 

Factory 163


OnSite Technology

The SSO invites you to . . . 
The  wines of summer 
Wine tasting, food pairing with sommelier Bob Latham
Sunday, August 17, 2-4 p.m. 
Stratford Country Club

Bob Latham
Summer calls for lighter fare, both in food and wine choices. "I really like Cabernet Sauvignon and Amarone, but I don't want to be drinking them in July," says Bob Latham, who will host the wine-tasting event.


So what are some of the best wine choices for summer? Bob, a certified sommelier and wine instructor, has selected Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, unoaked Chardonnay,
Rosé, Gamay and Pinot Noir for tasting and will pair them with an array of summer foods, "things that are light, sort of a Mediterranean diet," he says.

Rather than serving full-portion summer dishes, Bob will interpret their taste through upscale open-face baguette versions of what Bob calls "church-lady sandwiches": egg salad, ham salad, tuna salad, salmon salad, and the like. For the tuna salad, for example, Bob will ask the kitchen to add capers and dill. Each food tasting will be accompanied by a two-ounce pour of one of the six wines.


By the time the event has concluded, participants will have had a mini-winetasting course. Before he studied to become a sommelier, Bob says, "nobody ever showed me the difference between drinking wine and tasting wine - and there's a huge difference."

"This is about wine and food pairing, which I think should be most people's interest because wine by itself is sort of a hollow exercise. But when you taste that correct wine with the right food, most people totally get it, so I hope there are some epiphanies there."


Tickets ($50) are available at Fanfare Books or by calling the SSO office: 519-271-0990. The event is a fundraiser for the Stratford Symphony and a $25 tax receipt will be issued with each ticket. 


Bob was on the Fanshawe College faculty for 30 years, teaching science courses first, then gradually moving into law (he took his law courses through King's College of the University of London). He took early retirement in 2000. He began his sommelier training in 2001 as one of 330 in the entering class at the International Sommelier Guild in Toronto. Four years later, he was one of six who completed the course. He now teaches wine courses, including the course at the Stratford Chefs School. He does restaurant wine lists as well, and has a wine buying club that holds tastings four times a year.



Event planned and sponsored by the SSO Board of Directors.  

Event chair: Ted Yohn  


 SSO Sponsors and Supporters

null  Trillium logo





Contact Us

George Pearson / Editor, Con Spirito