MARCH 15   2017 
Orchestra photo (above):
Larry Folliott 

SSO banner logo

Warm greetings from the Stratford Symphony Orchestra.

Con Spirito enables us to carry on a conversation with music lovers in the Stratford community and beyond.  Please feel free to send us an   email with your thoughts or comments.   
Send this edition of Con Spirito to your friends. 
Just click

Next SSO concert

Stories from
the Woods

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

Winners of the 2016 Emerging Artist wind instrument competition:

Jennifer Bywaters (horn), a Grade 12 student in London, and trumpet players Aled Blundell, 15, and Matisse Blundell, 17,  Toronto   


Volunteers needed for SSO activities

For information, contact the SSO office. 

In-kind Sponsors 


Stratford Live

Quinlan Road 

You could  dance
all night . . .
to the delight and astonishment of  your friends and acquaintances

Buy your tickets now (just $25) for this extraordinary ethereal event April 1. . .

and then stay home, put your feet up and let your imagination take you to . . . 
The SSO Phantom Ball 

. . . while your generous contribution goes to work helping the SSO sustain and build its artistic presence in Stratford and beyond.

Take me to your ticket window

After you have purchased your tickets, we invite you to send us a photo of what you think you may wear on the night of the Ball. We'll add it the album on the Phantom Ball page. Have a look!

Thank you! 


Only a few seats remaining
for Celebrity Gourmet Dinner
at Murray farm March 25 

Singer and Stratford Festival actor Barbara Fulton will be the
Barbara Fulton 
special guest at David and Annamarie Murray's six-course Celebrity Dinner on Saturday, March 25, at 6:30.

The locally sourced and crafted menu will include potato leek soup, smoked Arctic char, spinach salad, Lamb Bourguignon with mashed parsnips, cheese course and desert. (The potatoes, leeks, spinach, parsnips and raspberries are all from the Murray garden and the lamb is from Huron County.)

Tickets for the dinner, an annual SSO fundraiser, are $125. Call 519-271-0990 or 519-348-8141 to reserve a place. 
   Next Cushion Concert: 

Come blow our horns 
and learn about them, too 
Sunday, Feb. 19

Do you have to know French to play the French horn? Perhaps not, since music is a universal language.

But to find out for sure, plan to attend the final Cushion Concert of the season on Sunday, March 19 , at Stratford Public Library from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. It's free! 
Horn players Randi Patterson and Dylon Pastoor will play solos and duets as well as demonstrate the modern horn, a natural horn and garden hose horn. (You may want to bring your raincoat, too!) 
The concert is designed especially for 5 to 10-year olds, but we're not really that fussy about age. Everyone will get to blow! 

Emerging Artist Competition Mar. 18

Entries are now closed for the 2017 SSO Emerging Artist Competition, which will take place Saturday, Mar. 18.
This year's competition is open to standard orchestral string instruments: violin, viola, cello and bass. Competitors must be between 15 and 24 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2017.
The winner will be invited to perform as guest soloist with the SSO during the 2017-2018 season. The 2016 winners were Jennifer Bywaters (horn), a Grade 12 student in London, and trumpet players Aled Blundell, 15, and Matisse Blundell, 17, who live in Toronto. They will be featured in the SSO's April 8 concert, Stories from the Woods.


 SSO Sponsors and Supporters




Contact Us

George Pearson / Editor, Con Spirito