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Larry Folliott 

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Ji Won Baxter

Emerging Artist winner will be soloist March 31
The winner of the 2017 SSO Emerging Artist Competition, violinist Ji Won Baxter, will be featured soloist in the next SSO concert, Darkness into Light, on Saturday, March 31, at 7:30. She will play Dmitri Kabelevsky's Violin Concerto. Also on the program: Ludwig van Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and Symphony No. 7.

William Rowson will conduct. 

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Allison Lupton with Shane Cook (left) and Craig Werth
SSO's annual Celtic Celebration features Allison Lupton Band

Allison Lupton and her band headline the SSO's annual tribute to Celtic music Saturday, January 27, in the orchestra's fourth of six Season 13 concerts.
Ms. Lupton, an acclaimed singer-songwriter in the Celtic folk tradition, performs her own and traditional songs, adding an extra dimension with her virtuoso flute playing. She grew up south of Stratford in Zorra Township and was introduced to the flute as a student at Stratford Central Secondary School.
Joining her will be fiddler Shane Cook, who was featured in the SSO's 2011 Celtic concert, and multi-instrumentalist Craig Werth ( guitar, ukulele, octave mandolin, and banjo). Also featured is the Stratford Police Pipes and Drums. See the entire program here.
Guest conductor will be Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser , assistant conductor of the Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony. Mr. Poyser conducted the SSO's final concert of the 2016-2017 season, "Celebrating 150 Years," with Trent Severn, in May. 
The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will be held in the SSO's new venue, Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue.
Tickets are available at Fanfare Books and Blowes Stationery in Stratford and at Lyric Flowers in St. Marys, as well as online. Adult: $40; student: $10. Children under 12 are admitted free.
Join us for Classical Brunch Concert Feb. 18
The Sunday Classical Brunch Concert on February 18 will feature Liesel Deppe (flute), Andrew MacDonald (horn), Katherine Napiwotzki (vocal) and David Murray (piano).
The venue is Revival House, 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford. Brunch begins at 11:30 a.m.
Purchase tickets at www.stratfordsymphonyorchestra.ca or at Blowes Stationery or Fanfare Books.

Love classical guitar? Come to house concert Feb. 25

Join us for a glass of wine and classical guitarist Colin Brisbois at the Sunday, February 25, house concert fundraiser at Caledonia House, 20 Caledonia Street.

Additional program details will be published in the next edition of Con Spirito.  
Tickets ($50, with a $25 charitable tax receipt) are limited. Buy them at www.stratfordsymphonyorchestra.ca (click on Buy Tickets) or at Fanfare Books or Blowes Stationery.


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George Pearson / Editor, Con Spirito