Treble Thinking of Something New to Try? Let SSO Orchestrate the Perfect Evening Out

Treble Thinking of Something New to Try? Let SSO Orchestrate the Perfect Evening Out

Did you know that the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra played for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburg, or that the symphony is composed of lawyers, doctors, teachers, and more? Read on to find out all about the SSO! 

Tell us a little bit about the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra!

Sure! The Sudbury Symphony Orchestra (SSO) was originally founded, along with the Bel Canto Chorus in 1953, as the Sudbury Philharmonic. It became a registered charitable organization in 1975, making the 2015/16 Season our 40th Anniversary.We’ve also been able to have some pretty remarkable guest artists join us, including the State Symphony of the USSR. The SSO even had the opportunity to perform for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburg during their 1984 Royal visit.

We’ve also been able to have some pretty remarkable guest artists join us, including the State Symphony of the USSR. The SSO even had the opportunity to perform for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburg during their 1984 Royal visit.

With more than half of our orchestra being made up of volunteers, you get a pretty diverse group of people on stage at every SSO concert. In addition to music teachers and university and college professors, we have engineers, lawyers, doctors and real estate agents sharing their gift with Sudbury. It’s an amazing example of the power of music, and how much it can influence your life long after you’ve started a different career.

What can our readers look forward to from the SSO in 2016? What upcoming concerts and programs should we be sure to see?

The remainder of our 2015/16 program is focused on our search for a new musical director, following the departure of Victor Sawa at the end of our 14/15 Season. Maestro Sawa led the SSO for 18 seasons, so our candidates have some pretty big shoes to fill.

Each of our 3 candidates; Mélanie Leonard, Martin McDonald and Dina Gilbert; have designed some wonderful programs for their audiences, and as you can imagine, with this much creative talent behind the podium we’ll be presenting one of our most exciting and eclectic seasons yet! We also have some amazing guest performers joining us, including clarinetist Todd Cope, and trumpeter Guy Few. Having guest soloists is always a lot of fun. They bring such an incredible energy to the orchestra.

We hear you have a great program for young symphony-goers…

Our Amped Up! program provides $14 tickets to main stage Symphony performances for anyone aged 35 and under. Our intention is for students and young professionals to make symphony attendance a habit; one that they won’t break. This program is sponsored by a generous gift from Vale.

How can our readers get involved with the SSO?

Certainly being a subscriber is a great way to become a real part of the SSO, and Amped Up! subscriptions are available for $65. Of course, we’re also always looking for volunteers, and we can accommodate as big, or as small a commitment as you would like to make. Lots of our volunteers join us for concerts, and help out at the book office, or with merchandise sales. We also have folks who join us at Sunday night bingo, or come out to help us organize our special events. It’s a great way to meet some new people, and get involved with the Symphony you never know what joining us can lead to!

Find out more about the SSO on their website, and give them a like on Facebook!

Experience the symphony yourself with two tickets to their upcoming show The Masters: Memorable Masterworks on March 5th! Find out more about the concert here and enter our giveaway below!
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Adriana Nicolucci is a Communications and Film Production graduate, fashion enthusiast, and patterned sock collector. She’s often spotted munching on the Eenie Meenie Grilled Zucchini Pizza at the Buddha. Danny Ocean is her spirit animal, except she’s planning a heist to steal your hearts (not a casino)

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