Stratford Symphony Orchestra Announces Season 16

Six Premium Digital Mini Concert Series SSO To Go



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The Stratford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is excited to announce  SSO To Go, a collection of 6 premium digital mini concert offerings. Subscribers can view the following films until June 1, 2021:


Premiering Online Soon!


Music In The Time of Plague Part II

Indulge in the splendor of the early Italian Baroque!


This episode, part two of our Music in the Time of Plague program, looks at 17th century Italy, and specifically, the Italian Plague of 1629-1631 through the music of Molinaro, Roncalli and the Respighi. Guest artist Terry McKenna will delight you with sounds of authentic lute performances in true 17th century style, with the orchestral transcriptions of Ottorino Respighi.


Online Premiere Date:  Saturday, January 30th



Absorb Greensleeves through the centuries - from Shakespeare’s time to our own!


The fifth episode of SSO To Go looks at the story behind one of the most well-known folk tunes ever written – Greensleeves. If you like this song, you’re in the right place!


Featuring Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, join members of the Stratford Symphony and guest artists Terry McKenna (lute) and Laurel Swinden (flute) as we explore the history of this tune through the centuries.


Online Premiere Date:  Saturday, February 13th



The SSO Winds perform Mozart and Beethoven!


In the late 18th century it was fashionable for nobles in German-speaking lands to employ a harmonie. These small house bands provided music at dinner, evening serenades and even morning music for guests to wake up to!  This sixth episode of SSO To Go features the SSO woodwinds performing famous works of Mozart and Beethoven.


Online Premiere Date:  Saturday, February 27th


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Available for Subscribers to enjoy online until June 1, 2021.


Music In The Round



The glorious sound of Brass!


Imagine you are in Venice’s San Marco Basilica, everything is lit by candles, and you are surrounded by the beautiful sounds of brass! Our opening program shines a spotlight on the SSO brass section, in partnership with the London based ensemble Brassroots.  Featuring music by Antonio Vivaldi, Giovanni Gabrieli, Paul Dukas and Scott Irvine.  Also featuring the Stratford Symphony Orchestra’s own Julie Vaughan and Kevin Swinden!


Online Premiere Date:  Saturday December 5, 2020


Christmas with the SSO


Celebrate the season - Stratford style!


Christmas wouldn’t be complete without music and stories!  Get into the holiday spirit with the SSO, as we celebrate the season Stratford Style!  Featuring special guests Kelly Walker and up and coming Stratford vocalist Hannah Thomas.  Join us for a dose of Christmas cheer!


Online Premiere Date:  Saturday, December 19, 2020


Music In The Time of Plague Part I

Trumpets and drums resound in the music of Purcell’s ‘Fairy Queen’


The year 2020 was not the first time that whole societies have had to adapt to a pandemic.  In this episode, the first in a two-part program called Music in the Time of Plague, we look at 17th century England and the Great Plague of London through the music of one of England’s greatest composers - Henry Purcell.


Online Premiere Date:  Saturday, January 16th
A series of engaging podcasts produced by SSO partner, the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO), complement each film.
THANK YOU to investStratford and FedDev Ontario for supporting SSO To Go. We could not have produced our adapted Season 16 program without your valued grant support!


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We invite you to enjoy our online offerings and virtual events until we are able to share our live music once again.


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