Orchestra photo (above):
Larry Folliott 

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Join us for Passchendaele, featuring Paul Gross, on Saturday, November 3, at  
7:30 p.m.  
Mr. Gross will share stories related to his acclaimed movie. 
David Keeley will join Mr. Gross as the SSO presents music from the early 20th Century. 


Volunteers needed for SSO activities

For information, contact the SSO office. 
Join us for the first concert
of the SSO's Season 14
The SSO's new season will open Saturday, September 15, featuring the work of Claude Debussy, Allan Stephenson and Alexander Borodin.
Debussy based his symphonic poem, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (The Afternoon of the Faun), on a poem by Frenchman Stéphane Mallarmé.  
Liesel Deppe 
Soloist for Stephenson's Piccolo Concerto will be Liesel Deppe. Stephenson, born in 1949, has had a career as composer, cellist and conductor in South Africa. Ms. Deppe, who lives in Stratford, grew up and went to school in South Africa. She plays with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra as well as the SSO.
Borodin's Symphony No. 2 will be presented following intermission and contains some of Borodin's most recognizable melodies. Though a familiar name to classical music aficionados, Borodin, a Russisan, was better known during his life as an eminent chemist and a distinguished physician who referred to himself as a "Sunday composer."
On the podium for the SSO will be principal conductor William Rowson.
The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will be held in 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 and at the door. Adult: $40; student: $10. Children under 12 are admitted free.
Season subscriptions ($190) will be available at the concert. For persons who have already purchased a ticket to the opening concert the ticket price will deducted from the price of the subscription.
SSO annual general meeting Sept. 9
The board of directors of the SSO will conduct the orchestra's annual general meeting on Sunday, September 9, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave.
In addition to financial and other reports, the AGM agenda will include presentation of the board's strategic plan for 2018-2021 and time for questions from the floor.
Voting on the orchestra's official business will be limited to members. A member is:
  • an individual person or organization who has purchased a season subscription in the preceding fiscal year, or
  • a musician who performed with the orchestra in the preceding fiscal year, or
  • any individual person or organization that has contributed $50 or more to the orchestra in the preceding fiscal year.

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