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Orchestra photo (above):
Larry Folliott 

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Mark your calendar

 Remembrance Day

Friday, November 11 
  Knox Church
7:30 p.m.

Sunday Brunch at Revival House 
October 16
The 2016-2017 Sunday Brunch Concert Series opens with SSO violinist Andrea Barstad October 16 at the Revival House. Brunch starts at 11:30 a.m.
Contact the SSO office (519-271-0990 or email) for tickets ($40 for brunch, music and $20 tax receipt).

Save with a season subscription

A season subscription ($180) will save 25 per cent of the cost of purchasing adult tickets separately ($240) for each of the six Season 12 concerts.
Student tickets (ages 13-18) are $10. A season subscription is $50.
To get a look at all six concerts, click here.
To purchase individual tickets or a season subscription, click here.
Tickets are available at Fanfare Books, Blowes Stationery (downtown) and Lyric Flowers (St. Marys), as well as online.


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Season 12 opener 
Tribute to Shakespeare features Mendelssohn, Verdi and more

The Stratford Symphony Orchestra opens Season 12: Celebrations September 17 with "Celebrating Shakespeare." The musical tribute to The Bard, 400 years after his death, will feature selections by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Weber and Walton and readings by Stratford Festival actors Tom Rooney and Sara Farb.
Principal conductor William Rowson will lead the SSO in the first of six concerts scheduled for the new season at Knox Presbyterian Church. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 17.
The concert will open with Carl Maria von Weber's Oberon Overture, inspired by the king of fairies that first appeared in literature around the turn of the 13th century. Oberon is best known as a character in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Tom Rooney
Henry V Suite is an orchestral arrangement by Muir Mathieson of William Walton's musical score from the 1944 film Henry V. Tom Rooney will read excerpts from Shakespeare's text as part of the presentation.
Overture to Macbeth comes from the first of Guiseppe Verdi's operas based on Shakepeare's plays. Written in 1847, the opera concentrates on three main characters: Lady Macbeth, Macbeth and the Witches.
Intermezzo and Nocturne were part of the incidental music for A
Sara Farb 
Midsummer Night's Dream written by Felix Mendelssohn in 1842 to a commission from King Frederick William IV of Prussia. Sara Farb will read from Shakespeare's text.
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
distills Shakespeare's two themes (the conflict between the Capulet and Montague families and the love affair of Romeo and Juliet) into what one music scholar described as "a masterpiece ... that is, by turns, thunderingly dramatic and achingly beautiful."

Click here for printable program. 
Tickets are available at Fanfare Books, Blowes Stationery (downtown) and Lyric Flowers (St. Marys), as well as on the SSO website. Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for students (with a valid ID). Children 12 and under are admitted free. 

The Great Events and Services Auction
Would you like gardening or house cleaning help, music lessons or maybe a ticket to a Shakespearean dinner? 

SSO patrons will have a chance to bid on these and other items in a new fundraising auction beginning at the September 17 concert. Find perfect Christmas gifts for those hard-to-buy-for people......or perhaps, a special treat for yourself. Check out the Auction booklet in the concert program.

SSO Annual General Meeting September 11
You are invited to attend the SSO's Annual General Meeting on Sunday, September 11, at 2:00 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church. Use Waterloo entrance or door on the alley side of the church.

For a look at the agenda click here
While the public are encouraged to attend, voting will be limited to SSO  members, season subscribers (past season) and musicians. 

Thanks to an Ontario Tourism "Animation" grant, SSO musicians popped up around town this summer. From a flash mob at the Sunday Market to a string trio in the horse drawn carriage, local people and tourists got to know us a little better. These trombonists are known as "Slide by Slide."

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George Pearson / Editor, Con Spirito