Stratford Symphony Orchestra

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



November 23, 2019 | 7:30 pm

Approaching the 200th anniversary of Beethoven’s death, the SSO presents the Prometheus Overture and welcomes Listowel native Sarah Pratt as she performs Beethoven’s brilliant Violin Concerto in D.

We are thrilled to introduce Symphony 3 in G minor by French composer Louise Farrenc. An increasingly popular Romantic composer, she has been favourably compared both to Beethoven and Schumann.

Principal Conductor: William Rowson

Guest Artist: Sarah Pratt

Sarah Pratt has been a prizewinner at the Jeunesses Musicales International Violin Competition, first prize winner in the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, the University of Toronto Concerto Competition, and Silver Medal winner in the Canadian National Music Competition.  At the age of 14 she made her solo debut with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra at the Guelph Spring Festival in Ontario, and since has performed as soloist with orchestras in Canada and the U.S., including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and NAC Orchestra in Ottawa.

Recital appearances include the British Art Museum (New Haven, CT), Bargemusic, and the Faculty Artist Series at Third Street Music School, NY; in Canada the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Stratford Summer Music Festival, the Arts and Letters and Heliconian clubs of Toronto, and the Rupert Scheider Concert Series at the University of Toronto.  While a student at the University of Toronto, she gave the University’s premiere performance of Davidovski’s Synchronisms No. 9, performing the complicated work for violin and audio tape from memory. As a member of the Ambrosian Piano Trio, Sarah has performed at venues across the United States, including Bargemusic in NY, and the Detroit Institute of Art in Detroit, MI.

Sarah has been a member of the New York City Opera Orchestra since 2006.  She performs and tours frequently as a substitute with the New York Philharmonic, also filling in occasionally as a substitute with the New York City Ballet Orchestra.  She has appeared as guest concertmaster of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Canterbury Choral Society Orchestra, and others.

Sarah holds a Bachelor in Performance Degree from the University of Toronto, Masters Degree and Artist Diploma from Yale University, and Doctor of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook.  Her principal teachers have been David Zafer, Peter Oundjian, and Ani Kavafian. Other teachers have included Pamela Frank, Pinchas Zukerman, Lorand Fenyves, members of the Brentano, Tokyo, Emerson, and St. Lawrence string quartets.  

Originally from Listowel, ON, Canada, Sarah currently resides in New York with her husband and two children.  When not playing violin, Sarah can be found jogging on park trails, climbing trees with her kids, or curled up on the couch with a good book and a glass of wine.



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  Overture Creatures of Prometheus Op. 43
  Symphony No. 3 in G minor Op. 36
  Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61