Virtual Cows & Classics Returns June 28, 2021!
Stratford Symphony Orchestra’s unique annual concert in the country is back with some fun new twists!
Media Release: Stratford, Ontario, May 15, 2021 –
Well known as a small-city orchestra that makes a huge impression, the Stratford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is excited to announce that Cows & Classics, one of the community’s favourite annual music outreach events, will be broadcast starting Monday, June 28, 2021 at 7:30 pm.
Each year, Cows & Classics features a remarkable roster of talented musicians from Stratford and surrounding area. Cows & Classics ‘21 has a country fair twist that will include special guest artists The Bookends - a favourite local Celtic band; actor and improvisor Rebecca Northan; singer-songwriter Hannah Thomas; musical theatre star Chloe Weir; Full House Brass quintet; Horns a Plenty horn octet; internationally-acclaimed flute player Liesel Deppe joined by clarinetist, Peter Shackleton; SSO Principal Cellist Patrick Theriault; and SSO’s award-winning harpist Rose Soenen will take you on a musical harp world tour - from Ireland to France to Argentina.
What’s different this year? The entire event will be filmed by internationally-acclaimed Ballinran Entertainment and broadcast on Stageview.ca, Canada’s subscription video-on-demand platform for the arts.
Second, this year’s event will be emceed by acclaimed actor, improviser, theatre director, and creative artist, Rebecca Northan. Rebecca is well known to Stratford Festival and Spontaneous Theatre audiences.
Third, there will be several mini-events happening throughout the course of the main concert event. A variety of artists and artisans from the area will display their remarkable creations and talents, including Stonetown Cheese, Monforte Dairy, Black Donelly’s Brewing Company, metal artists Murals in Metal, furniture maker Bob Hutson from Windbreak Farm, and fabric artist Brenda Krantz. As a special treat, artist Bruce Horak will create a painting on-site in real time, to be auctioned off following the event.
The day will conclude with a live beer and cheese pairing session led by Ruth Klahsen from Monforte Dairy. Audience participation at home is encouraged!
Once again, Cows & Classics is hosted by David and Annamarie Murray at their farm near Mitchell, Ontario. Each year for the past seven years, this outdoor event has attracted hundreds of visitors who come to enjoy great music, delicious treats, and a tour of the Murrays’ spectacular gardens.
From its humble beginnings as a porch concert at the Murray farm, Cows & Classics has continued to grow in every way. “I’m particularly excited about bringing together these artists and artisans,” says David Murray, “all of whom highlight some of the things that make Stratford and the surrounding area a world class destination. I’m also thrilled this event will have a global audience!”
The SSO is a professional orchestra of 50 musicians under the direction of Principal Conductor William Rowson. The Orchestra is very active in Stratford and surrounding areas performing live concerts, delivering education programs, providing music outreach services, and creating engaging music activities for all ages. Cows & Classics is one of its most unique outreach events appealing to all ages. Viewers are encouraged to make a donation in support of the Orchestra’s activities by sponsoring a Guest Artist, sponsoring the Hay Wagon Stage, or donating to have naming rights for one of the farm’s spring calves!
Details can be found at https://www.stratfordsymphony.ca/Cows_and_Classics/.
Cows & Classics 2021 is made possible through funding by Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, RTO4 and the City of Stratford. The online concert broadcast is made possible through sponsorship from Ballinran Entertainment and Coventry Animal Hospital and will premiere Monday, June 28 at 7:30pm through Stageview.ca.
For more information contact:
Chris Sharpe, SSO Administrative Director
David Murray, SSO Office Manager