Con Spirito : Inside the SSO 

JANUARY   2017 
Orchestra photo (above):
Larry Folliott 

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Stories from
the Woods

Saturday, April 8  
  Knox Church
7:30 p.m.

Winners of the 2016 Emerging Artist wind instrument competition

Emerging Artist Competition

This year's competition is open to string players:

Details and application forms will soon be available on the
SSO website.



Volunteers needed for SSO activities

For information, contact the SSO office. 

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Stratford Live

Quinlan Road 

Guest soloist: Anne Lederman  
Join us for the SSO's 
'A Celtic Celebration' 
The SSO's annual revel with Celtic music brings fiddler and composer Anne Lederman back to Stratford and the SSO for "A Celtic Celebration" on Saturday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Knox Presbyterian Church.

Ms. Lederman last appeared with the SSO in the orchestra's 2010 Celtic concert. The Celtic celebration has become an annual favourite in the SSO's concert schedule. 
Known for her work with Canadian and world traditions, especially Aboriginal fiddling, Celtic-Canadian fiddling, klezmer and African music, Ms. Lederman headlines a wide-ranging program featuring The Irish Washerwoman (Leroy Anderson), music from Lord of the Dance (Ronan Hardiman), traditional Celtic tunes, original compositions by Ms. Lederman and her frequent collaborator Ian Bell, and others.
She has performed at festivals, concerts, dances and schools throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe and was the first Canadian to perform at the Viljandi Traditional Music Festival in Estonia. Known especially for her work with the Aboriginal fiddle traditions of her home province, Manitoba, her recordings have helped make this music known to the world.

Click here for a complete program listing.
Guest conductor will be Daniel Warren.
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 12 and under are admitted free. 

Extraordinary  treasures await  
bidders in silent auction fundraiser

An exotic array of artwork, jewelery, home décor, books and collectibles will tempt bidders at the SSO's Treasures Silent Auction at the Celtic Celebration concert January 28.
The auction, an SSO fundraising event, will be held during the intermission of the concert at Knox Presbyterian Church. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Bidders will be able to check final results at the end of the concert. Payment may be made by cheque or Visa.
Here are just a few of the items:
  • 14" sterling silver octagonal tray of La Esmeralda Art School, Mexico City, valued at $1,000 (min. bid $500)
  • precious white gold ring, evaluated and polished by Brenda Radford, valued at $1,200 (min. bid $600)
  • premium Daiginjo sake from Kagawa Prefecture, made with Yamada Nishiki rice; includes vintage metal tasting jug and cups, along with six assorted sake cups, valued at $200 (min. bid $90)
  • coffee table books from the estate of Alan Laing
  • much, much more
For a complete listing of auction items, click here.

Next Cushion Concert:
Fiddle   music
Sunday, January 22

This Cushion Concert is all about Métis fiddle music and culture.

SSO musicians Kirby (fiddle) and Barb (bass) Julian will present an interactive program involving movement (dancing), playing rhythm instruments, as attendees learn about the Métis and their culture in Canada. 
This Cushion Concert is related to the SSO's "Celtic Celebration" concert January 28, which features Anne Lederman, a world-reknowned fiddle player and expert on Métis music.  
The Cushion Concert, designed for 5-to-10-year-olds, is free and will be held at the Stratford Public Library from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Another Cushion Concert, this one focusing on the woodwind section of the orchestra, will be held February 19.

Sunday Brunch Concert February 19

An SSO Sunday Brunch Concert February 19 at the Revival House will feature Liesel Deppe, flute, and Michel Allard, piano. The concert begins at 11:30 a.m.
Liesel Deppe is a member of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and has performed as soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Players and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.  
Since retiring from the Peel Board of Education as a music teacher, Michel Allard has been active as a church musician, accompanist, concert performer and composer in and around Stratford and Kitchener. 
Contact the SSO office (519-271-0990 or email) for tickets ($40 for brunch, music and $20 tax receipt).

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George Pearson / Editor, Con Spirito