MAY 25,    2019
Orchestra photo (above):
Larry Folliott 

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Reserve a spot on your calendar for Cows & Classics, the annual SSO fundraiser at the David and Annamarie Murray farm: Sunday, June 23, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
 
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Season 15 subscriptions now on sale
Early-bird buyers get best seats for MacMaster concert
   
 
The SSO previewed its Season 15 (2019-2020) this month, a season packed with special treats for an audience that has delighted in the Orchestra's versatility and charm.
 
Opening October 5 with music celebrating fairy tale favourites such as Mother Goose and Hansel and Gretel, the Orchestra moves on to the brilliance of Beethoven's Prometheus Overture and Violin Concerto in D on November 23.
 
Natalie MacMaster 
The SSO will again welcome the New Year January 1 with an afternoon concert, Viennese-style, then on January 25 pull out all the stops for the annual Celtic concert, this year starring Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster and taking place in the Stratford Festival's Avon Theatre. (The other five concerts will be at the SSO's regular venue: Avondale United Church.)
 
Two Russian composers, Pyotr Tchaikovsky (Symphony No. 4) and Mikhail Glinka, will be featured in an April 4 concert and the season will wrap up May 2 with CBC Radio 2 personality Tom Allen's Classical Goodtime Variety Show.
 
William Rowson 
Maestro William Rowson returns for his fourth season as SSO music director and principal conductor.
 
Season subscriptions (six concerts) are now on sale onlineIf you purchase your subscription ($225) before August 1, your ticket for the MacMaster Celtic concert (included) at the Avon Theatre will automatically give you preferred seating in the orchestra section. 
 
Act now to reserve best possible seats for this concert, sure to be a sell-out!
 
For details about the individual concerts - as well as the many other SSO events in the coming season - visit the SSO website.     
 
"It's going to be a fantastic season," says Rowson in his video introduction to Season 15. "I look forward to seeing you at the SSO."
 
Some notes about the concerts:
 
Once Upon a Time | October 5, 2019
Fairy tales have been the inspiration for musical compositions across the ages, from Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel and Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman to Ravel's Mother Goose Suite as narrated by Stephen Russell from the Stratford Festival Company with vocals by Katy Clark and Leanne Kaufman of the Canadian Opera Company. 

Legend and Legacy | November 23, 2019
The 
Sarah Pratt 
SS
O welcomes Listowel native Sarah Pratt, now a member of the New York City Opera Orchestra, as she performs Beethoven's Violin C oncerto in D. And we're delighted to present Symphony No. 3 by Louise Farrenc, French virtuoso, performer, composer and equa lity campaigner, whose work has been compared to that of Beethoven and Schumann, despite her not having the profile of her male composer counterparts.
 
New Year in Vienna | January 1, 2020
The SSO welcomes back soprano Catherine Gardner and baritone Mark Gardner on our journey back to the Vienna of Johann Strauss. Light opera favourites, Viennese waltzes and confections and Brahms's Hungarian Dances, along with toasts to the New Year, will round out our annual matinée concert.
 
Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser
Natalie MacMaster | January 25, 2020  
(SSO Celtic Celebration)
Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, a favourite with SSO concertgoers, will be guest conductor for this very special concert at Stratford's Avon Theatre featuring Natalie MacMaster in concert with the SSO.
 
A Tale of Two Russians | April 4, 2020
Tchaikovsky and Glinka, two totally different styles: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and Glinka's A Life for the Tsar. Glinka is often regarded as the father of Russian classical music. And the SSO will welcome our 2019 Emerging Artist Concerto Competition winner, trombonist Hillary Simms, to this exciting musical collaboration. 
 
Tom Allen  
Classical Good Time Variety Show |  
May 2, 2020
Tom Allen, popular host of the eclectic CBC Radio 2 program S hift, brings some of his and your favourite music to the stage at Avondale. As the orchestra spans the centuries of pop-classic favourites, Tom will be sure to engage you with his storytelling, and also a few surprises!
 

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