MAY   2017 
Orchestra photo (above):
Larry Folliott 

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Barbara Young and Katharine Rajczak attend TSO world premiere of Rowson's Sesquie composition

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Volunteers needed for SSO activities

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Kiwanis winners perform at final Sunday Brunch

Winners in the recent Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts performed for attendees at the May 7 Sunday Brunch Concert at Revival House.
They were Hannah Blackburn, flute;  Larisa Shea, voice; Chloe Weir (with her sister, Sylvie), voice; and Vanny Hu, cello.

Congratulations to you all!

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Season 12 finale celebrates Canada's sesquicentennial


The Stratford Symphony Orchestra will team with Trent Severn, a popular folk trio, to mark the 150 th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation in the SSO's final concert of the season, "Celebrating 150 Years," on Saturday, May 13.
Trent Severn, named after the well-known Ontario waterway, have been twice nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards. All three musicians grew up in this area: Emm Gryner (St. Marys), Dayna Manning (Stratford) and Lindsay Schindler (London). The group is known for its Canadian roots music.
All of the concert selections were written by Canadians. A highlight will be Sesquicentennial Fanfare , composed by William Rowson, the SSO's principal conductor, and debuted by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra April 6, the world premiere for the composition. See the complete program here.
Guest conductor will be Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, assistant conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

The concert will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church. Start time is 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. 
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. 
Come to the 2017-2018 season launch May 10
The SSO will show off its 2017-2018 venue as it presents its lineup for the orchestra's Season 13 at a launch party May 10 at Avondale United Church.

The church, at 194 Avondale Avenue, had been the SSO's concert venue prior to a move to Knox Presbyterian Church in September 2012. At that time the church was known as Central United Church. Since then Central has amalgamated with St. John's United Church and the new congregation has taken the name Avondale United. A number of renovations have been made to the building, including comfortable seating, better sight lines, and improvements to sound and lighting systems.
The launch party will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10. Refreshments will be served.

W. Stirling Kenny is winner of Phantom Ball drawing 
Many thanks to all who purchased tickets for the SSO's Phantom Ball April 1. The event came off without a hitch (at least partly because it was an imaginary event to begin with).
What's not imaginary is the occasional chair won by ticket buyer W. Stirling Kenny in a drawing following the Phantom Ball. The chair was donated by G.G. Goettler Furniture of Dublin.

Congratulations, Mr. Kenny! And thanks to Goettler's! 

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