Con Spirito: Inside the SSO

JANUARY   2015 

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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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Orchestra Photo: 
Larry Folliott 

Next concert:


Hot Latin Nights


Saturday, Mar. 7
7:30 p.m.
Knox Presbyterian Church, Stratford


Guest conductor:
William Rowson

Guest artists: Graham Hargrove, percussion

Kevin Ramessar, guitar

Old and New World Latin music from Scarlotti to Piazzolla 


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CONCERT HOURS     January 23 and 24 
Knox Presbyterian Church 
Outside doors open: 5:30       Sanctuary doors open: 6:30
Concert begins: 7:30

A few tickets remain for the High Tea with Loreena McKennitt  on Saturday, January 24 (see details below). They will be available at the concert Friday, January 23.

Loreena McKennitt

Celtic Celebration: The Journey So Far
Two sold-out concerts 
with recording star 
 Loreena McKennitt  



The Stratford Symphony Orchestra breaks new ground this month with two Celtic concerts, both sold out, that feature renowned recording artist Loreena McKennitt.


The SSO's annual January Celtic concert has always attracted a large, enthusiastic crowd, but this year's event, Celtic Celebration: The Journey So Far, with Ms. McKennitt has drawn an audience far beyond the usual. So two concerts are scheduled: Friday, January 23, and Saturday, January 24.


Each concert program will begin with Celtic-themed orchestral selections conducted by guest conductor Ronald Royer. After the intermission Ms. McKennitt will take the stage. She will be accompanied by the orchestra for several of her selections and by her own musicians for the rest. Her program will be drawn mostly from her most recent album, The Journey So Far: The Best of Loreena McKennitt. [See program notes


The concert venue is Knox Presbyterian Church, at Ontario and Waterloo streets in Stratford. Doors to the concert hall will open at 6:30 p.m. Concert time is 7:30.


Would you like tea with Loreena McKennitt? 


If you would like to get closer to Loreena McKennitt than concert seating will allow, plan to attend High Tea with Loreena McKennitt on Saturday, January 24, at 3 p.m. in The Bruce Hotel. Seating is limited, but a few tickets ($45) will be available at the concert Friday evening.


The Bruce Hotel is located at Ontario Street and Parkview Avenue (one block west of Romeo).

2015 Concerto Competition March 7


Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 SSO Emerging Artist Concerto Competition. This year's competition, to be held Saturday, March 7, will be open to classical vocalists only, age 18 to 28 as of January 1, 2015.


If you are interested in entering the competition, read the Competition Regulations and fill out an entry form. Entries must be received in the SSO office by Friday, February 27, and be accompanied by payment of a $30 entry fee. For additional information: or 519-271-0990.


The 2014 Concerto Competition winner was violinist Adam Despinic, Hamilton. He will be guest soloist (Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto) in the April 11 SSO concert, Out of This World.

SSO names new office manager 


Daniel Ramjattan has been named SSO office manager to succeed  Sharon McDonald. Mr. Ramjattan, a Stratford native, recently completed his undergraduate degree in music at the University of Ottawa.


He will work in the SSO office through the end of June, helping orchestra manager Liesel Deppe with organizational details as well as fielding requests for information about orchestra actitivities. He has worked for other arts organizations, including Stratford Summer Music in 2011.


As a classical guitarist, he has performed across Canada and placed as a finalist in national and international competitions, such as the Hamilton International Guitar Competition, the Federation of Music Festivals National Music Competition, and the Canadian Music Competition. He also won the Ontario Music Festivals Association provincial guitar competition in 2014, in which he represented Stratford. 


On March 8 he will be performing in Stratford's INNERChamber music festival with flutist Liesel Deppe and Ottawa percussionist Zac Pulak. He recently finished the premiere recording of "Catharsis," a work by Raphael Weinroth-Browne, a Toronto-based cellist-composer, which will appear online in February.


His website:

"Percussion" cushion concert March 1

The next cushion concert will be held Sunday, March 1, at Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South. The theme will be "Percussion," presented by SSO musicians.


Ticket prices: adults $10 / children $5 / families $20.

Festive Night a success
More than a hundred people enjoyed an evening of music, carol singing and reading at the SSO's A Festive Night December 19 at St. James' Anglican Church in Stratford. 


SSO musicians, SO music director emeritus Bert Carriére, the Stratford Perth Youth Orchestra, Rant Maggie Rant and the David Keeley/Laura Burton family entertained and led carol singing.


The SSO is planning another similar event.

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