The Stratford Symphony Orchestra

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

Stephenson Piccolo Concerto

The SSO's new season opened Saturday, September 15, 2018, featuring the work of Claude Debussy, Allan Stephenson and Alexander Borodin.


Debussy based his symphonic poem, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (The Afternoon of the Faun), on a poem by Frenchman Stéphane Mallarmé.  


Soloist for Stephenson's Piccolo Concerto was Liesel Deppe. Stephenson, born in 1949, has had a career as composer, cellist and conductor in South Africa. Ms. Deppe, who lives in Stratford, grew up and went to school in South Africa. She plays with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra as well as the SSO.


Borodin's Symphony No. 2 was presented following intermission. It contained some of Borodin's most recognizable melodies. Though a familiar name to classical music aficionados, Borodin, a Russian, was better known during his life as an eminent chemist and a distinguished physician who referred to himself as a "Sunday composer."

Conducted By:

William Rowson


Liesel Deppe

William Rowson introducing Borodin's Symphony No. 2.