The Stratford Symphony Orchestra

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

2018/19 
SEASON TICKETS
6 Concert Subscription:

ADULT $190 for 6 events  

STUDENT $50 for 6 events

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194 Avondale Ave, Stratford, ON N5A 6N4

ALL CONCERTS HELD AT
Avondale United Church


If you are unable to attend your event, please consider giving your ticket to a friend and introduce them to the SSO. 

2018/19
Concert Season Tickets for
Sept 15   | Nov 03   | Jan 01   | Jan 26   | Mar 30   | May 11                                               

William Rowson - Principal Conductor, welcomes you to SSO's 14th season.


Season Opener


Saturday September 15, 2018 7:30 pm

Guest Artist: Liesel Deppe, flautist 

Performing Stephenson Piccolo Concerto


Join the Orchestra for the opening concert of this, our fourteenth season, featuring Stratford based flautist Liesel Deppe performing the Stephenson Piccolo Concerto. Like a Monet painting, Debussy’s ” Prelude a L’Apres Midi d’un Faune” shimmers, an evocative and haunting masterpiece heralding the beginning of modern music. Completing the evening is Russian composer Alexander Borodin’s heroic Symphony No. 2 including many of his most famous melodies.


Concert Locations: Avondale United Church

Concert Tickets:

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Adult $40 (Individual Tickets available July 01/18)

Student $10    Children 12 and under FREE

WW 1 PASSCHENDAELE
Paul Gross & David Keeley
Saturday November 03, 2018 7:30 pm

We welcome our guest speaker Paul Gross:  Canadian actor, producer, director, singer and writer, as he shares stories relating to both his acclaimed movie and the World War I battle “Passchendaele”. Mr. Gross is joined on stage by fellow performer, David Keeley.  The orchestra explores music of that time written by French (Ravel), English ( Elgar, Farrar and Butterworth), Canadian (MacMillan) and German (Korngold) composers.

NEW YEAR 2019 in VIENNA
Waltz, Polka and Ballroom Dances

Tuesday January 01, 2019 at 3:00 pm


Join us for a New Year’s Day afternoon in Vienna with some of your favorite waltzes and polkas by Strauss and Anderson and also including works by Offenbach, celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth.  This year we will feature ballroom dancers as our guest artists, turning the flexible space at Avondale into a Viennese ballroom. As always, a Champagne reception will follow the concert.

CELTIC CELEBRATION
Rant Maggie Rant
Saturday January 26, 2019 7:30 pm

Returning to join the SSO for our annual Celtic Celebration is “Rant Maggie Rant” with their unique brand of Celtic music. The SSO will also play Irish favourites by Anderson and Grainger as well as “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” arranged by our very own Bill Rowson.  The Stratford Police Pipe Band is sure to add much to the concert with a selection of Scottish favourites including the stirring “Highland Cathedral”.

BRAHMS' FIRST SYMPHONY
Sharon Wei

Saturday March 30, 2019 7:30


Canadian violist, Sharon Wei, joins us to perform Max Bruch’s Romance for Viola and Orchestra, Op.85(1911).

Johannes Brahms began to work on his first symphony in 1854. It debuted in 1876. During that time, the perfectionist Brahms, ever cognizant that he was expected to compose music worthy of his reputation as Beethoven’s successor, destroyed many drafts. The long awaited Symphony No. 1 is an orchestral masterwork, paying homage to Beethoven in several themes.   The concert will begin with the overture to Carl Maria Von Weber’s opera “Der Freischutz “.

BEST OF THE CROONERS

Michael Vanhevel

Saturday May 11, 2019 7:30


Grand Bend native Michael Vanhevel and the SSO will bring Howard Cable’s wonderful arrangements to the stage with some of the Best of the Crooners.  Hear hits by all the greats from Nat King Cole, Paul Anka, Bobby Darin and old blue eyes himself - Frank Sinatra.