RESCHEDULED TO  June 6, 2020 | 7:30 pm


Dear SSO Patrons,


We are grateful to our community's patience and understanding as we have been working to ensure the best health and safety protections for our patrons, volunteers and musicians.


We have been able to secure a new date for our April 4th concert, now postponed to Saturday, June 6. The program will still include moving and powerful music by Tchaikovsky and Glinka.


If you currently hold tickets for April 4, your tickets will be honoured on June 6. If you currently have tickets but cannot attend, we have three options available:


- a voucher for the May 2nd "Classical Good Time Variety" performance, or
- the option to donate your ticket back to the SSO for a full tax receipt, or
- a full refund


We ask that you consider the unique financial repercussions the pandemic causes for cultural organizations, including the SSO, that rely on ticket sales and donations. Your support through this difficult time will be gratefully appreciated.


Please consider donating to support all the activities of the SSO by purchasing tickets now to our "non-event", the Phantom Ball.

The SSO will continue to monitor the situation very closely. Your health and safety are a priority for us. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming performances!


Chris Sharpe
Administrative Director
Stratford Symphony Orchestra




June 6, 2020 | 7:30 pm


Two Russian composers: Tchaikovsky and Glinka. Two totally different styles. Both the pure music of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony 4, and the programmatic A Life for the Tsar by Glinka, take us from the depths to the peaks of our emotions. The SSO looks forward to welcoming our 2019 Emerging Artist Concerto Competition winner, trombonist Hillary Simms, to this exciting musical collaboration.

Principal Conductor: William Rowson

Guest Artist: Hillary Simms

Hillary Simms is a young, dynamic trombonist from Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Hillary holds a Bachelors in Music Performance from McGill University, a Masters in Music Performance from Yale University and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School as a Temerty Fellow studying with Gordon Wolfe, the principal trombonist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

At the start of 2019, Hillary hit the ground running and performed among Canadian female brass giants in the first ever Canadian Women’s Brass Conference held in Toronto in January. Not long before this, Hillary was a finalist in the LÄTZSCH Trombone Festival Competition in Germany, competing against trombone players from all over the world. In 2018, Hillary was awarded the Sylva Gelber Foundation Performance Grant and competed in the prestigious Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal Concours Manuvie where Hillary was awarded the 2nd place prize for Brass along with a full scholarship to attend The Aspen Summer Music Festival and The Banff Center for the Arts. Prior to this, Hillary won the 2017 Division II Tenor Trombone Solo Competition at the American Trombone Workshop and was a finalist in the 2017 International Trombone Festival Marstellar tenor trombone Solo Competition.

Hillary has performed all over the world, notably Russia, Australia, Italy, the US and Canada performing as a soloist, chamber artist and orchestral musician. Hillary has also enjoyed traveling to work and study with the current top trombonists in the world from orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, L.A Philharmonic, and the Toronto and Montreal Symphonies. Though, one of Hillary’s favourite appearances to date was as a featured guest artist at the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Trombone weekend “Paddiversary Extravaganza” teaching and workshopping with young trombonists in her home province giving her the opportunity to give back to the community that started her musical journey.




GlinkaOverture to A Life for the Tsar
Ferdinand DavidTrombone Concertino Op. 4, No. 4
Performed by 2019 Concerto Competition Winner - Hillary Simms
TchaikovskySymphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36


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