The Stratford Symphony Orchestra

A new decade, with William Rowson, 
our new principal conductor

Concerts from last year's season - 2017/18

Philharmonic Phantasmagoria: A Hallowe'en Concert

October 28, 2017 ARCHIVED


A terrifying "Night on Bald Mountain" or "Danse Macabre" "In the Hall of the Mountain King." This concert of spooky orchestral favourites will be sure to induce both thrills and chills in the whole family. Introducing a new piece, "On Hallowe'en Night" by Canadian composer Maxime Goulet.

Fate and Fancy

November 25, 2017    ARCHIVED


The SSO presented one of Tschaikovsky's best loved works, Symphony No.5, showcasing both his orchestration skills and ability to evoke the idea of fate throughout the symphony. In contrast, acclaimed harpist Emily Belvedere and Laurel Swinden, the SSO's principal flautist, performed Mozart's sublimely beautiful "Concerto for Flute and Harp."

New Year in Vienna

January 1, 2018     ARCHIVED


New Year's Day was celebrated in Viennese style with an afternoon concert of well-known waltzes and polkas. Stratford's own Catherine and Mark Gardner treated us to selections from Lehar's joyful operetta, "The Merry Widow."  As an added bonus, our new concert venue at Avondale United Church allowed space for dancing!

Celtic Celebration

January 27, 2018     ARCHIVED


Stratford native Allison Lupton and her band debuted with the SSO, bringing their own special flavour of Celtic music to the symphony, featuring new arrangements by Kevin Fox. The SSO also played Irish favourites by Anderson and Grainger, as well as "Far and Away Suite" by Williams. We welcomed back the Stratford Police Pipes and Drums.

Darkness into Light

March 31, 2018    ARCHIVED


The SSO welcomed the 2017 Emerging Artist Competition winner, Stratford violinist Ji Won Baxter, who performed Kabelevsky's sprightly Violin Concerto. The concert was completed by a duo of Beethoven's masterworks; The Coriolan Overture and symphony No.7.

Celebrating Women

May 12, 2018.     ARCHIVED


The SSO celebrated Women with our final concert of the season - on the 100th Anniversary of women in Canada achieving the right to vote - with compositions by Canadian women and performances by and about women. Canadian soprano, Donna Bennett brought us "Music for the Heroine," a delightful evening championing the Heroine through the ages. From Mozart to Broadway to galaxies far, far away - a selection of music that celebrates the wonder of women! We were also excited to help Sara Sobey, a young woman born into the spectrum of Autism, fulfill her dream of singing with an orchestra!


Special Guest Appearance by Lally Cadeau.