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SSO pays tribute to Austria's finest

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Jan 20, 2013 - 10:53 AM |

The Sudbury Symphony Orchestra is welcoming back to its stage-renowned Conductor Brian Jackson for A Viennese New Year Celebration. 

The show is slated for Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. at Glad Tidings Church. 

The show pays tribute to the tradition of Das Neujahrskonzert, a concert of classical music that kicks off New Year’s Day morning in Vienna. The spirit of the Alps will be met the Big 

Nickel in this one-night only performance. Broadcast around the world, last year’s Austrian concert reached an estimated audience of 50 million people in 73 countries.  

Following in this tradition, the Sudbury Symphony’s concert will feature music from the Strauss family, best known for their Blue Danube Waltz, and other Austrian composers. 

“The SSO is honoured to welcome the dynamic vocal talents of baritone Timothy Richard and soprano Taylor Robertson to this performance who will perform operatic selections from much-loved favourites such as Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow,” a media release stated.

“Recently retired as the Principal Pops Conductor of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Jackson continues to perform alongside Orchestra London and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. A much sought-after conductor, he has also conducted the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, among others.”

Tickets for the show begin at $25, and are available by phoning the SSO at 705-673-1280 or online at sudburysymphony.com. 

The SSO will continue its waltz through Vienna with a gala on Feb. 16 at Bryston’s on the Park. Entitled Midnight & Mozart: An Austrian Affair, this evening of live music and silent auctions with items including signed sheet music by Paul Simon and Justin Bieber, a skating lesson with Canadian Figure Skating Champion Meagan Duhamel and much more. 

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