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2017-18 Season at a Glance  

Saturday, October 21, 2017 SEASON OPENING GALA – PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST For the first time, a curated spontaneous art+symphonic program featuring International Guest Principal Dancer Zdenek Konvalina. Mr. Konvalina, one of the most celebrated dancers of his generation, equally excelled as an abstract expressionist painter. You will experience live, the creation of a painting by Mr. Konvalina, as the orchestra performs music that had a significant impact on his dance career. GSO Concerto Finalist violinist Leslie Ashworth performs the music of one of Mr. Konvalina’s signature ballets, the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2.

*Join the city’s cultural leaders for an exclusive, pre-concert dinner in Cooperator’s Hall, and a private performance by our guest soloists, joined at the piano by Artistic Director, Judith Yan (separate ticket required)  Elegant Pre-Concert Gala Dinner; Separate Ticket $150

Sunday, December 10, 2017. A WINTER WONDERLAND. Acclaimed Canadian Baritone Kevin Aichele joins GSO to deliver the best of the holiday season. This special concert features music by Handel, Messiah, Vivaldi, and Tchaikovsky, along with your favourite Irving Berlin classics made famous Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.

Monday, January 1, 2018. DREAMS OF VIENNA. Bring in 2018 with your favourite Viennese classics by Strauss and Lehar, and arias from Strauss’s Die Fledermaus and Puccini’s Tosca. Our New Year’s guest is the multi-talented Soprano Ambur Braid – she has not only been featured by the Canadian Opera Company but has opened for superstar Tony Bennett. One of the most exciting new artists of her generation, Toronto Star described Ms. Braid has having “deliver(ed) the trifecta of crystalline high notes, blissfully graceful vocal cadenzas and deep emotional intensity”.

Sunday, February 11, 2018 “HUMPERDINCK’S HANSEL AND GRETEL”.

GSO presents a semi-staged production of this much-loved opera, featuring an all-Canadian cast of Soprano Lida Szkwarek, Mezzo-soprano Pascale Spinney, and Soprano Cheryl Hickman, the orchestral debut of the GSOKids and GSOBridge Children’s Chorus, and featuring sets designed by Guelph Young Artists. Staged by one of the most celebrated Gretels of her generation, director Linda Kitchen.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 FAURE REQUIEM AT THE BASILICA OF OUR LADY IMMACULATE. GSO returns for the 3rd season to Guelph’s acoustically stunning Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate for a special community performance on Palm Sunday. Performance will include the Organ Symphony of Saint Saens with soloist, Joe Carere!

Saturday, April 28, 2018 SEASON FINALE: THE RITE OF SPRING GSO brings you back in time to Paris, 1913, as we recreate the brilliantly controversial and electrify first performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The riotous premiere of this magnificent work forever changed the path of 20th Century art and music. We will begin the performance with a concert talk onstage with the orchestra, followed by an reenactment of that controversial event, before a complete performance of one of most exciting masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire.

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Season Finale Concert

Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:30pm

2016/17 season ends with audience and orchestra’s choice of Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Canadian
composer John Estacio’s “A Wondrous Light”. Also featured is the Grand Winner of the 2016 GSO Under-
23 Concerto Competition, pianist Coral Solomon | River Run Centre

Pre-concert talk (6:50pm), by Joe Ringhofer
Pre-concert Donor Reception (6:50pm) on the second floor lobby)

Click here to read David Knight’s engaging program notes!


Earlier this season

Saturday, October 29, 2016 7:30pm

SEASON OPENING GALA – ALL HALLOW’S EVE BALL      Elegant Pre-Concert Gala Dinner; Separate Ticket $150
We open our season with a gala performance, featuring symphonic masterpieces inspired by All Hallow’s
Eve. Music by Mussorgsky, Berlioz, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens and Poulenc. Featuring: Canadian Piano Duo
Anagnoson and Kinton, and Special Surprise Guests from the Guelph Community | River Run Centre

Join us in the lobby, immediately following the concert, for an after party for the entire audience, generously sponsored by the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre and Stonehammer Brewing!

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Sunday, December 11, 2016 3pm

Featuring: Young Artists of Oakville Ballet performing Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (Act I Family Scene, Snow Scene and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy),
Trumpet Trio of Matisse, Aled, and Maslin Blundell performing Telemann’s Concerto for 3 Trumpets, and
the Guelph Youth Singers (Director Markus Howard). The concert includes the annual carol sing-a-long
with audience | River Run Centre    Click here to order tickets through the River Run Box Office

Eating Clouds_BW-AD-SPECIAL-2016-LONG-ColWe are excited to offer beautiful pastries from Eating Clouds as a fundraiser for GSO this holiday season. Surprise that special person in your life with some Sugarplum treats! (Or make your holiday preparations little easier this year)! You will even have the option of picking up your order at our December 11th Nutcracker Concert or arranging for local home delivery, in the week before Christmas!

 Click here to register for the GSOKIds Club

Sunday, January 1, 2017 3pm
Featuring: Canadian soprano Jennifer Maines, winner of the 2015 Austrian Music eatre Prize Best
Leading Actress. Her recent performance as Senta in Wagner’s Der fliegende Hollander was described by
Musical America as “a force of nature with a voice of incredible power, effortless throughout its range.”
Also on the programme will be Viennese classics by Johann Strauss Sr. and Jr., and Franz Lehar | River
Run Centre

 Click here to register for the GSOKIds Club

Sunday, February 12, 2017 3pm 

On the programme is the GSO musician’s choice of Brahm’s Symphony No. 1. To celebrate the 15th
anniversary of GSO’s Under-23 Concerto Competition, we will be featuring winners from both the strings
and piano categories.| River Run Centre Click here to get your tickets

Guelph Symphony Orchestra’s Musicians’ Choice concert shines the spotlight on emerging artists. Sunday, February 12 @ 3 pm, River Run Centre

YouTube sensations, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of ASAPScience (of ‘What Colour is this Dress’ fame, and authors of the New York Times best selling book, AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World’s Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, and Unexplained Phenomena ) , will perform their Periodic Table Song.
The GSO Under-23 Concerto winners , Morgan Melbourne (Grieg Piano Concerto), Felix Hong (Prokofiev Piano Concerto no. 1) and Leslie Ashworth (Barber Violin Concerto) will rock the house with their impassioned performances
Dylan Langan, the GSO’s new Assistant Conductor will make his debut, conducting the Barber
The concert will conclude with one of the most well-known, masterpieces in the symphonic repertoire. Fourteen years in the making, Brahms Symphony No. 1 is the Musicians’ Choice!

Here is a link to the our Inside Guelph Interview, featuring Feb 12th soloist, Morgan Melbourne!

Inside Guelph
Inside Guelph – Monday January 30, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 3pm

With Guest Soloists: soprano Cheryl Hickman and mezzo Nina Yoshida Nelsen. tenor, Ernesto Ramirez and bass Adam Lau. Guest Choir: University of Guelph Choirs (Director Dr. Marta McCarthy) | Basilica Our Lady of the Immaculate





Congratulations to Judith Yan, 2016 winner of the YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture. Click on the picture to read the lovely article in Guelph Today!

 Last Season

1. GSO SEASON OPENING GALA – A MASQUERADE BALL | Saturday, October 24, 2015, 7:30 pm. Back by popular demand: Ballet, Opera, and Symphony in one evening!
Special Guests: Selene Guerrero Trujillo and Dylan Tedaldi from the National Ballet of Canada, up-and-coming Superstar Soprano Brittany Renee Robinson, and a joint-choir comprised of the University of Guelph Chamber Singers and the Laurier Singers. Programme includes the glitteringly virtuosic Black Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake, the terrifying and instantly recognizable Dies Irae from Verdi’s Requiem, and Prokofiev’s hauntingly beautiful Cinderella Waltz.

Generously sponsored by BMOFG_T2_E


2. A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION | Sunday, December 13, 2015, 3pm. Celebrate Christmas with music by the Baroque masters Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel, the exciting battle and snow scenes from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and our popular traditional Carol Sing-a-long. Also on the programme is a screening of Raymond Brigg’s animated classic, “The Snowman”, featuring young  soprano Bridget Walsh. Special guest include: GSO Harpist Sharlene Wallace

Our Holiday Celebration concert and fundraiser was a huge success! Thank you for your support! Anyone still wishing to order Holiday Pastries from Angela at “Eating Clouds”, is asked to call  519 362-5628. We regret that there was a typo in the program.

3. NEW YEAR’S DAY in VIENNA | Friday, January 1, 2016, 3pm. Bring in 2016 with your favourite Viennese waltzes and polkas, along with our special guests, 3 Spectacular Singers from the COC Ensemble Studio. (Last New Year’s we brought you the 3 tenors – now a soprano, a tenor and a baritone want their chance to take centre stage!) With music by Johann Strauss, Franz Lehar, and W. A. Mozart.

4. LOVE IS IN THE AIR | Sunday, February 14, 2016, 3pm. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the most passionate music in the Classical repertoire, featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Debussy, and Berlipz. Internationally- renowned Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, who last thrilled us in the 2014/15 GSO Gala, returns as our very special guest.

Generously Sponsored by PCPA

FREE ADMISSION: CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS – Sunday, January 31, 2016, 3pm. To celebrate our city’s historical love for all living creatures, members of the GSO will perform Camille Saint-Saens’ charming Carnival of the Animals at the Guelph Civic Museum. Admission to the concert and the museum that afternoon will be free. This concert will also be presented at Arbour Trails. Further details to be posted.

Generously Sponsored by Miijidaa Mijjidaa logo low res


To be held in the Recital Hall at the Guelph Youth Music Centre.To be held in the Recital Hall at the Guelph Youth Music Centre. This year, in celebration our 15th season, the competition is open to Piano, Strings, Woodwind and Brass players. The winners will perform one movement with GSO in our 2016-17 season.

5. MOZART’S REQUIEM at THE BASILICA | Sunday, March 20, 2016, 3pm.  GSO performs Mozart’s final masterpiece, the Requiem Mass, at the completely renovated and fully accessible, Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate. Special Guests: University of Guelph Choir (dir. Dr. Marta McCarthy).

6. GSO SEASON FINALE – BEETHOVEN’S EROICA SYMPHONY | Saturday, April 30, 2016, 7:30 pm. The GSO finishes the 2015/16 season with one of the most influential and important works of the classical repertoire: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”. Special guest, violinist Emma Meinrenken (2015 GSO Under-23 Concerto Competition Winner), performs Paganini’s electrifying Violin Concerto No. 1.

Generously Sponsored by BMOFG_T2_E



Under 23

The GSO’s 2015 Under 23 Concerto Competition finals took place on Sunday afternoon, March 1 from 1:30- 4:00. Our audience was treated to three stellar performances; Paganini Violin Concerto no. 1, Sibelius Violin Concerto and Elgar Cello Concerto. Congratulations to  Emma Meinrenken, who will be featured at our final concert next season.


Under 23 3 finalists

Left to right: Violinist Emma Meinrenken, violinist Jessy Je Young Kim, and cellist Noah Schuster

under 23 jury and Emma

Our three jurors, Judith, Jose and Jeremy, listen intently to Emma.









CONGRATULATIONS to Nancy Sullivan, the winner of the GSO New York Raffle Prize drawn at our “Love is in the Air” concert on February 14th at River Run Centre.

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Air Canada return flights from Pearson Airport – Red Car Service from Guelph to Pearson – 2 Nights accommodation in NYC at the Downtown Marriott -  Voucher for 2 Tickets to the Metropolitan Opera – (All Subject to Availability) – Value $3,500


Check out excerpts from REVIEWS

Click here to read about our two upcoming holiday shows in the article  published in the KW Record and Guelph Mercury’s weekend concert publication., Nightlife

Click below to read the Guelph Mercury review of our Jan 1, 2014 concert: VIENNA, CITY OF MY DREAMS

Click below to read the Guelph Mercury review of our April 7, 2013 concert: BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 5

from the GUELPH MERCURY – Guelph Symphony Orchestra Starts New Year on a High Note.
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