May 27, 2023 | Organ Symphony
William Rowson, conductor
Laurel Swinden, flute
Jonathan Rowsell, tuba
Owen Spicer, organ
Coulthard, Jean Music on a Quiet Song
Laurel Swinden – flute
Koestier, Jan Concertino, op. 77
Jonathan Rowsell - tuba
Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 in C minor, op. 78 “Organ”
Location: Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave, Stratford, ON N5A 6N4.
When: May 27, 2023 at 7:30pm
The season closes with two works showcasing the talents of SSO performers, Laurel Swinden and Jonathan Rowsell, plus guest organ soloist Owen Spicer performing Saint-Saens’ pinnacle work, his “Organ Symphony”. Both the Coulthard and Koestier are beautiful works that feature the soloists with the SSO strings.
Saint-Saens’ symphony is scored for an expanded orchestra plus organ and piano. It was his final symphonic composition since, as he wrote, “What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again."