Stratford Symphony Orchestra

William Rowson, our
principal conductor,
welcomes you to
Season 15



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Franz Suppé
Light Cavalry Overture
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Schneeglockshen from Einfache Lieder, Op.9
Jennifer Taverner, soprano

Nachtwanderer from Einfache Lieder, Op.9
Clarence Frazer, baritone
Johannes Brahms
Hungarian Dances Nos.1, 3 and 5
Franz Suppé
arr. Michalski
Hab’ Ich Nur Deine Liebe from Boccaccio

Jennifer Taverner, Clarence Frazer

Jaromir Vejvoda
arr. Rowson
Beer Barrel Polka
Franz Lehar
Lippen Schweigen from The Merry Widow

Jennifer Taverner, Clarence Frazer

Johann Strauss, Jr 
An der Schönen Blauen Donau
Op. 314
Johann Strauss, Sr
Radetzky March Op. 228


January 1, 2020 | 3:00 pm

We are excited to take you on a musical journey back to the Vienna of Johann Strauss with your favourite Viennese waltzes and confections, light opera classics, and Brahms’ Hungarian Dances. Toasts to the New Year (and a new decade!) will round out our annual matinée concert.

Principal Conductor: William Rowson

Guest ArtistsJennifer Taverner, Soprano and Clarence Frazer, Baritone

Soprano Jennifer Taverner has been described as “resplendent and captivating” (Ottawa Life) and is in high demand as a soloist with orchestras and opera companies across Canada, in works ranging from baroque to contemporary.

As Armida with Pacific Opera Victoria in Handel's Rinaldo, she “brought great menace to the role...innovative in her cadenzas with an incredibly pure tone and brilliant precision”, (Schmopera). In the starring role of Lily in the premiere of Bandits in the Valley with Tapestry Opera, Glenn Sumi of Now Magazine wrote “Taverner is ravishing as the diva – what a treat to hear her creamy soprano up close."

This season, Jennifer sings the role of Elizabeth in Charles Wilson’s Kamouraska with Voicebox: Opera in Concert and Frasquita with Pacific Opera Victoria’s 2020 production of Carmen. Recent performances include Handel’s Messiah with Victoria Symphony, and Manja in Countess Maritza with Pacific Opera Victoria, as well as Mozart’s Laudate Dominum (Vespers di confessore) and Beethoven’s Mass in C with Hamilton’s Bach‐Elgar Choir.

Jennifer performed in Vivier’s Kopernikus with Against the Grain Theatre at Banff Centre for the Arts, Adele in Die Fledermaus (Kitchener‐Waterloo Symphony), Kathie in The Student Prince (Toronto Operetta Theatre), and concert engagements including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Niagara Symphony) and Vivaldi motets with Thirteen Strings Orchestra, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor (Toronto Mendelssohn Choir).

Other career highlights include Brian Current’s Airline Icarus (Soundstreams Canada), Rose in Street Scene (Voicebox: Opera in Concert), and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte (Jeunesses Musicales). Jennifer was awarded the Lyndon Woodside Encouragement Award in the 2016 New York Oratorio Society Competition.


Canadian / Korean Baritone Clarence Frazer brings his athletic presence and “silky‐smooth baritone” to a wide range of roles. An alumnus of Canadian Opera Company’s prestigious Ensemble Studio and Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program, Clarence starred as Figaro with Pacific Opera Victoria in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Marcello with Saskatoon Opera in La bohème, and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Windsor Symphony and with Southern Ontario Lyric Opera.

Clarence begins the 2019/20 season as Marcello in Against the Grain Theatre’s updated production of La bohéme, touring from Yukon to Toronto, covers the role of Count Almaviva with Edmonton Opera’s Le Nozze di Figaro and makes his soloist debut in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with Hamilton’s Bach Elgar Choir.

Mr. Frazer has displayed his affinity for contemporary opera, singing the role of William Cormack in Shanawdithit (Burry/Nolan), a co‐production of Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon, and portrayed James Isbister in the Canadian Opera Company’s acclaimed production of Louis Riel, with further performances at National Arts Centre and L’Opera de Quebec. Clarence recently joined the cast of Le Nozze di Figaro in concert, understudying Figaro and singing Antonio with the National Arts Centre Orchestra; Alexander Shelley, conductor.

Recent concert performances for Mr. Frazer include Messiah (Windsor Symphony, Rideau Chorale, Chorus Niagara), Mozart’s Requiem with Grand Philharmonic Choir, as well as Handel’s Israel in Egypt with Ottawa’s Caelis Academy Ensemble; Matthew Larkin, conductor.