Holiday Family Matinee

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It’s a joyful holiday tradition that’s fun for the whole family.

Experience the festivities as Resident Conductor Jamie Arrowsmith, Your SSO, the Sudbury Youth Orchestra and some special guests explore some of the greatest music written in celebration of this very special time of year, including Dances from the “Nutcracker”, Overture to “Miracle on 34th St.” and Suite from “Polar Express”.

Don’t forget to warm up your singing voices with our annual Carol Sing Along!

The Sudbury Youth Orchestra

The Sudbury Youth Orchestra (SYO), founded in 1972, is an award-winning non-profit organization providing high-quality ensemble instruction and performance opportunities for young musicians from across the region of Greater Sudbury.

The recipient of many awards and honours at music festivals locally, provincially, and abroad, the SYO has a long been recognized for its excellence. It has twice participated in the Banff Festival of Youth Orchestras, and in 1987 it was invited to attend the Quebec Festival of Youth Orchestras in Shawinigan, the first Youth Orchestra outside of Quebec to have participated in this event. Champions of contemporary composers, they have performed the world premiere of Gary Kulesha’s “Drift of Stars” at the 1989 Youth Orchestra Festival in Kingston, Ontario, the world premiere of “Lament and Lullaby” commissioned by the SYO from American composer Russel Podgorsek in 2008, and “The Chagall Window” by Peter Wiegold, also a world premiere commission, in 2010. The SYO has toured throughout the province, having performed in concert series’ in Sudbury, Barrie, Toronto and Niagara Falls, and it routinely performs in festivals and concert tours abroad, including the 2004 Salzburg International Music Festival, the 2005 Aberdeen International Youth Festival, the 2010 Salzburg Cantus MM Music and Culture Festival, and the 2019 Lisbon International Youth Music Festival. They have also performed at prestigious venues in Iceland, England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and Greece.

The Orchestra is led by Dr. Jamie Arrowsmith, who holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Kent State University and Brunel University, London.