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MEDIA RELEASE: Sudbury Symphony Hits a High Note This Season

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Sudbury Symphony Hits a High Note This Season
Orchestra announces record ticket numbers for the first half of 14.15

Sudbury, ON Dec. 1: Patrons who waited until just before Saturday evening’s concert to purchase tickets for the Sudbury Symphony’s “Classical Cheer” concert were almost left disappointed, as close to 1,200 audience members came for the Orchestra’s annual Christmas celebration.

“Our parking lot was filled to capacity,” Executive Director Dawn Cattapan said, after consulting with staff at Glad Tidings, the SSO’s performance home. “And at one point this evening, patrons were lined up through the lobby to buy tickets.”

This is the second concert this season where attendance for the Orchestra’s one-night-only performances have reached over 1,000. Their October performance, “Swinging Sixties,” broke organization records for opening night attendance, with over 1,100 music fans in Glad Tidings to watch conductor Howard Cable and crooner Michael Vanhevel belt out hits from Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and more. With the SSO’s and YES Theatre’s co-presentation of Les Miserables: In  Concert still to come on December 17, 18 and 19 and expected to sell out, this upward trend for the Orchestra shows no sign of slowing down.

“This year, our theme is ‘Our Sound. Our Symphony.’” said Cattapan. “More than ever, we’ve looked to our community for inspiration, because there’s nowhere else we’d rather be performing. And clearly, people are responding.”

In addition to high attendance at each concert, the SSO announced earlier this year that their subscription base had increased for the first time since the 2008.2009 season. The Orchestra also continues to grow in popularity with young professionals now making up approximately 10% of SSO patrons, due to the Vale Amped Up! program, a discount ticketing program for those aged 29-and- under.

Those looking to purchase tickets for the remaining 4 concerts of the SSO’s 14.15 season, or for their Special Presentation of Les Miserables: In Concert can do so by phoning the Orchestra’s box office at 705.673.1280, or visiting their website at

About the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra:
Performing a 6 concert season annually, the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra is recognized as one of Sudbury’s leading performing arts institutions and a leader in orchestral music in Northern Ontario. Founded in 1953, the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to increase the awareness and appreciation of music in the Sudbury Region and surrounding area by providing the opportunity for thepublic to attend a stimulating program of concerts and by encouraging artistic excellence, commitment and education.

The Season Presenting Sponsor is Petryna Advertising. The Amped Up! Program is presented by Vale.

The SSO is grateful for the support of its government funding partners: The Ontario Arts Council and the City of Greater Sudbury.


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