NOVEMBER   2017 
Orchestra photo (above):
Larry Folliott 

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Jan. 1 concert
Mark Gardner, baritone, and Catherine Gardner, soprano, will headline the SSO's January 1 afternoon (3:30) concert,
New Year in Vienna, featuring all-time favourite waltzes and polkas. A warm, wonderful event.

Christmas  

Sing-Along 

Join the SSO's annual Christmas Sing-Along on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:00 p.m. at Falstaff Family Centre.  
 
Tickets ($20) are limited. Buy them on the SSO website (click on Buy Tickets) or at Fanfare Books or Blowes Stationery.  
   
  

  
  Maestro Rowson to conduct 
Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov  November 25 


 
Imagine Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, all embraced in the same program. This upcoming performance, Fate and Fancy, of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, November 25 will be a highlight of the current season, one not to be missed.
 
The program begins with Alexander Glazunov's Wedding March (Procession), which he composed for his parents' silver wedding anniversary as a piano four-hands piece, then in the same year (1888) rewrote it for orchestra.
 
Next comes his friend Peter Ilyich Tchaikosky's Symphony No. 5, written in the same year. Met with a lukewarm reception when it debuted, the four-movement symphony grew to become one of Tchaikovsky's best-loved creations, acclaimed by audience and critics alike.  
Emily
Belvedere 
 
Finally, the orchestra presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's  Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, one of two double concertos that he wrote, and the only piece he wrote that contains the harp. The flutist will be Laurel Swinden, the SSO's principal flute, and the harpist will be Emily Belvedere, a Toronto soloist and chamber musician.
 
SSO principal conductor William Rowson will be on the
Laurel Swinden 
podium.
 
The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is the second of six in the SSO's Season 13, which sees the orchestra performing in Avondale United Church at 194 Avondale Avenue (at Caledonia).
 
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.
 
Silent Auction open for bids until Nov. 25 concert 
The Silent Auction that began with the Halloween Concert October 28 will conclude after the intermission of the November 25 concert, where bid sheets will be available. Meanwhile, bidding is taking place on www.stratfordsymphonyorchestra.ca (click on Silent Auction link on the home page to see the list of items, the current bid for each and bidding instructions). 
House concert Dec. 10
Geraint Wyn Davies and Claire Lautier will host a house concert fundraiser on Sunday, December 10, at 2:00 p.m. at 48 Shrewsbury Street, the home of Jane Homan and Kevin Silver. Along with accompanist Laura Burton, performers will include David Keeley (vocal), Valerie Hawkins (vocal), Kiki Dube (violin) and Colin Brisbois (classical guitar).
 
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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