DECEMBER 23   2018
Orchestra photo (above):
Larry Folliott 

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Warm greetings from the Stratford Symphony Orchestra.

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Coming up:
Rant Maggie Rant returns to the SSO's
annual Celtic concert on Saturday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Mélanie Léonard, music director for the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, will be guest conductor.
The SSO's next Cushion Concert on Sunday, January 20, will feature "the top and the bottom" of the Orchestra's string section: the violin and the cello.
You'll find it at the Stratford Public Library, starting at 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for admission.



Volunteers needed for SSO activities

For information, contact the SSO office. 
The SSO's 
'New Year in Vienna'
New Year's Day 2019 
Welcome 2019 with us as the SSO presents "New Year in Vienna" on Tuesday afternoon, January 1, at 3:00 p.m.
It's a relatively short program - about an hour - but filled with great music and fun: selections you didn't know you knew until they unfolded, much to your delight!
William Rowson 
The Orchestra, with principal conductor William Rowson on the podium, will open with Jacques Offenbach's Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld, an adventurous creation that contains Galop infernal, better known as "can-can."
Then on to Johann Strauss Jr. and his Artist's Life Walzer and Auf der Jagd (On the Hunt) Polka, followed by the more contemporary Belle of the Ball Waltz, composed by LeRoy Anderson in 1951.
Back to Strauss Jr. for Annen Polka and The Beautiful Blue Danube and then the rousing closer, Radetzky March by Johann Strauss Sr.
After the concert, join us for a Champagne reception.
How's that for a rousing start to your New Year? See you there?
The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 1, in Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford. 
Tickets are available at Fanfare Books and Blowes Stationery in Stratford and at Lyric Flowers in St. Marys, as well as online and at the door. Adult: $40; student: $10. Children under 12 are admitted free.

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