OCTOBER   2017 
Orchestra photo (above):
Larry Folliott 

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Fate and Fancy

Featuring Emily Belvedere (harp) and Laurel Swinden (flute)

Saturday, Nov. 25
7:30 p.m.
 

 

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Not your ordinary Halloween 
SSO's Season 13 opens (in new venue) with tour through 
the supernatural 


 

Do you think Halloween has become sort of benign, with adorable costumed munchkins appearing at your door seeking treats?
 
The SSO has another version of Halloween in the works, invoking the spirits that Celts once sought to ward off when they lit bonfires and wore costumes often consisting of animal heads and skins.
 
Summoning the works of Mussorgsky, Saint-Saëns, Gounod, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Greig and a contemporary Quebec composer, Maxime Goulet, the orchestra will take its audience on a spooky tour starting at Night on Bald Mountain and ending In the Hall of the Mountain King.
 
It all happens Saturday, October 28, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the SSO's new venue, Avondale United Church, as the orchestra opens Season 13. The concert is called Philharmonic Phantasmagoria: A Halloween Concert. (With a name like that, it had better be haunting - and it will be!) See the complete program.
 
Melanie Leonard
Audience members are invited - encouraged, even - to come in costume. Note the 7:00 p.m. start time, a departure from the usual 7:30 start, and there's no intermission. Bring the kids; they love this creepy stuff! 
 
The guest conductor will be Mélanie Léonard, music director of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. An exceptional talent, she is also music director and conductor for the Wild West New Music Ensemble in Calgary. More about her. 
 
The concert marks the return of the SSO to the Avondale venue after five years at Knox Presbyterian Church in downtown Stratford. Avondale United Church, known as Central United Church before a recent merger, has been extensively refurbished, including the replacing of pews on the main floor with padded individual chairs.
 
The church is located at 194 Avondale Avenue (at Caledonia). Access to the parking lot is from either Avondale Avenue or Huntingdon Avenue. Access to the building is either through main doors off Avondale or a rear entrance on Huntingdon.
 
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. A season subscription (six concerts) is $180.
 

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