Con Spirito : Inside the SSO

JANUARY   2015 
Orchestra photo (above):
Larry Folliott 

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April 9 
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Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23


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Kyle Waymouth, Dan Stacey, Graham Hargrove
SSO Celtic Celebration will feature Dan Stacey and the Black Swans  
Stratford fiddler and step dancer Dan Stacey, with his recently formed Black Swans, returns to the Stratford Symphony Orchestra's annual salute to Celtic music and dance January 23 with a program that includes the late 17th century compositions of Turlough O'Carolan, a pair of pieces written by Mr. Stacey and a tribute to three of Canada's folk instrumentalists. 
Also on the SSO Celtic Celebration program are Felix Mendelssohn's Overture to The Hebrides and his Scottish Symphony, several Percy Grainger tunes, LeRoy Anderson's The Girl I Left Behind Me, a Ben Bolt-Martin arrangement of The Water's Wide, and a version of When Irish Eyes Are Smiling arranged by SSO principal conductor William Rowson.
Cedric Smith
Actor, writer and musician Cedric Smith will start off the evening's  program with a reading of The Fiddler of Dooney, a poem by William Butler Yeats, and later in the program read another Yeats poem, Easter 1916, about an uprising staged in Ireland opposing English rule.
The Black Swans includes Stratford percussionist Graham Hargrove and guitarist and step dancer Kyle Waymouth. All of the Black Swans' collaborative works with the orchestra are from the band's debut album A 440 and were arranged by Graham Campbell.
The concert, at Knox Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Jan. 23, begins at 7:30 p.m. and is the fourth of six in the SSO's current season.
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 under 12 are admitted free.

Young people's Cushion Concert Sunday, Jan. 17

Join us at Gallery Stratford, 2:00-2:45 p.m., for an interactive program designed for young people ages 5-10. They'll air-bow to the various rhythms and styles of Canadian fiddle music. Click here to see the concert poster and here to purchase tickets .

House concert Feb. 28 with Claire Lautier, David Keeley

The fundraising event One Voice will be held in an intimate setting at Caledonia House, 20 Caledonia Street, on Sunday, February 28, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Claire Lautier and David Keeley will co-host and perform, accompanied by Laura Burton. Other performers will include George Meanwell, Ayrin Mackie and Valerie Hawkins.

A limited number of seats are available at $50, which includes wine and refreshments.  To purchase tickets, contact
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