SSO to relive pop music
of '50s, '60s, '70s
in Season 14 finale
The versatility of Stratford Symphony musicians will once again be on display as the SSO presents "Best of the Crooners," featuring popular songs of the '40s, '50s and '60s (remember those years?) in the Season 14 finale on Saturday, May 11.
Featured crooner will be Grand Bend native Michael Vanhevel, an
international performer and recording artist, who so impressed the popular-music legend Howard Cable that Cable arranged music for an entire show built around Vanhevel. (Cable, who died in 2016, arranged and conducted a pops concert for the SSO in October 2013 when he was nearly 93.)
[For a sample of Vanhevel's chops, visit the SSO's brand-new YouTube site. See the SSO's new promotion video from Ballinran Entertainment there as well.]
So pops returns to the SSO agenda with vocals such as
"Luck Be a Lady Tonight," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and "You Make Me Feel So Young."
Guest conductor for the pops revival will be Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, a familiar face to SSO concertgoers, who conducted the Orchestra's January 2018 Celtic Celebration.
"Orchestras play in styles that range over 400 years," Bartholomew-Poyser recently told the Calgary Herald prior to conducting
the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert called "Soul Legends."
"So whether it's a pops concert or whether it's a concert of modern music ... my goal is to always link up audiences and help them to leave enjoying more than they would have if I had not spoken or conducted and connected them."
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford. A preview of Season 15 will follow the concert.
Tickets are available at Fanfare Books and Blowes Stationery in Stratford and at Lyric Flowers in St. Marys, as well as online and at the door. Adult: $40; student: $10. Children under 12 are admitted free.