MEET THE SSO
The Stratford Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 15th Anniversary Season in 2019-20!
The 15th season features a program of six diverse concerts as well as fundraising events like Classical Brunches at Revival House and the annual Cows and Classics Concert, along with the free Cushion Concert series for families in partnership with the Stratford Public Library.
Principal Conductor and Music Director William Rowson leads the 50-member Orchestra, which will perform with several notable Canadian guest artists in Season 15.
This video was filmed during the SSO's March 31, 2018, concert featuring music by Beethoven, with Ji Won Baxter playing Kabalevsky's Violin Concerto.
The SSO was founded as the Stratford Civic Orchestra in 2004 by educator and arts manager Yootha Neller, whose goal was to establish a fine orchestra within the Stratford community to present excellent performances with a broad stylistic range. The orchestra draws musicians from throughout southern Ontario, including Kitchener, London and Toronto, as well as from the Stratford area, home to many musicians, actors and other artists drawn to the area by its rich and diverse cultural community. In 2009 the orchestra changed its name to Stratford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) to reflect its growing reputation for musical excellence.