FEBRUARY   2017 
Orchestra photo (above):
Larry Folliott 

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Next SSO concert

Stories from
the Woods

Saturday, April 8  
  Knox Church
7:30 p.m.

Winners of the 2016 Emerging Artist wind instrument competition

Celebrity Dinner

Only 16 tickets are available for this special evening on Saturday, Mar. 25, at the David and Annamarie Murray farm. A six-course dinner will feature homegrown products, wine, fellowship and a performance by a guest celebrity.
Tickets are $125 each, with a $60 tax receipt. Phone 519-271-0990.



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For information, contact the SSO office. 

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Quinlan Road 
Happy Valentine's Day
from the SSO   

. . . and a reminder of another special event
coming April 1

Will you be ready for the fabulous SSO Phantom Ball? Imagine yourself whirling across the dance floor to a Strauss waltz. Or dazzling everyone with your high-stepping version of the Charleston. Or your exotically styled version of the Watusi.
Just imagine!!
Most certainly you will want to be part of this gala fundraiser  
in the world's largest and most spectacular venue:
Your Imagination

 Stratford Symphony Orchestra
Your personal invitation to the SSO Phantom Ball 
will appear in your email inbox February 24.
Sunday Brunch Classical Concert Feb. 19 

An SSO Sunday Brunch Classical Concert Feb. 19 at the Revival House will feature Liesel Deppe, flute, Michel Allard, piano, and Andrew MacDonald, French horn. The concert begins at 11:30 a.m.
Liesel Deppe is a member of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and has performed as soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Players and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.  
Since retiring from the Peel Board of Education as a music teacher, Michel Allard has been active as a church musician, accompanist, concert performer and composer in and around Stratford and Kitchener. 
Andrew MacDonald is principal French horn with the SSO. He is a Stratford lawyer.
Contact the SSO office (519-271-0990 or email) for tickets ($40 for brunch, music and $20 tax receipt).

   Next Cushion Concert:

Woodwind instruments 
meet Peter and the Wolf 
Sunday, Feb. 19

When is a bassoon more than a bassoon? When it's Grandpa, of course, as it is in Peter and the Wolf. A flute becomes a bird and a clarinet becomes a cat. Or is it the other way around?
All this comes together during the SSO's Cushion Concert (it's free!) designed for 5 to 10-year-olds on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Stratford Public Library from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Stratford Symphony Orchestra members Kelly Williamson (flute), Kaye Royer (clarinet) and Jodi Merritt (bassoon) will play solos and duets so concertgoers can hear what they sound like (their "timbre") by themselves and together.
So gather all the 5 to 10-year-olds you know and take them to this fun way to learn about musical instruments.

Emerging Artist Competition Mar. 18

Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 SSO Emerging Artist Competition scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 18.
This year's competition is open to standard orchestral string instruments: violin, viola, cello and bass. Competitors must be between 15 and 24 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2017.
Entry forms must be received (by post, courier or electronically) by midnight Friday, March 10. Complete details can be found on the SSO website.
The winner will be invited to perform as guest soloist with the SSO during the 2017-2018 season. The 2016 winners were Jennifer Bywaters (horn), a Grade 12 student in London, and trumpet players Aled Blundell, 15, and Matisse Bluyndell, 17, who live in Toronto. They will be featured in the SSO's April 8 concert, Stories from the Woods.


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