Another Season Begins...

Some members of the DNTS strings section (photo by Ann Winslow)

Saturday, September 2, 2017 will see members of Definitely Not the Symphony reconvene after our summer hiatus. Anyone interested in coming out to hear what we're all about, please do join us and bring along your instrument.

Practice will begin at 10:00 a.m., so arrive before that to give yourself time to introduce yourself to everyone and to set up and warm up. Please bring your own music stand.

Currently, our woodwind section is rather thin. Any clarinetists, flutists, oboists out there looking for someone to play with? We need you!

This year we'll be working on a medley of Strauss waltzes and eventually a medley of some of Andrew Lloyd Webber's compositions. We have a whole repertoire of other pieces, classical and otherwise, that we will continue to play.

We regret that we do not have any recent performance footage or audio files to share, but be assured that we have come a long way since our first practice in 2009. Worried about fitting in and not having what it takes to keep up with us? If you're a bit rusty and your instrument is a bit dusty, don't despair. We're improving each year, but we're still definitely not the symphony! Give DNTS a try. We play music for fun.

Co-conductor Liam Payne playing 1st violin (photo by Ann Winslow)

DNTS Spreads the Love on Valentine's Day

DNTS performing Saturday, February 14, 2015 in our beautiful practice and concert space, the activity room at Andrews of Stratford
Winter and love (not love of winter!) were the main themes of our latest concert held at Andrews of Stratford on Valentine's Day. We also threw in some dance pieces, folk tunes, and classical fare with Hadyn's St. Anthony Chorale and Beethoven's Choral Symphony Theme ("Ode to Joy"). The encore was Scot Joplin's "The Entertainer". 

Don Mazer (alto sax), Pam Forrester (trumpet), our conductor, Jan Gomersall (flute), and Carol MacDonald (electric bass guitar) serenaded our appreciative audience with some old standards including, "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" and "Over the Rainbow". 

We did not record this concert, but did receive a short clip of the orchestra playing Offenbach's "Can Can" recorded by an audience member.

We take our playing seriously, but we always have time for a laugh, even during a concert!

We are a mix of both traditional orchestral instruments and non-traditional.

Multimedia Performance Captured on Video!

On Saturday, June 14, 2014, DNTS wowed its audience with two slideshow presentations: one set to live music; the other the premiere of a soundscape, a creation of our own making. The season-ending concert closed with a sing-along medley of well-known folk tunes. The entire concert was captured on video by Perry Williams of Virtual Studios and has been uploaded to YouTube (click on this link to view).

The first slideshow took the audience on a trip from Canada to Russia, Greece, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, and finally, back to Canada. Many of the photos had been taken by members of the orchestra. Musical selections were played to accompany the photos from each country.

The soundscape, which was created over a six-month period as a 2014 Project, was called, "A Journey Through Stratford." Photographs taken by orchestra members illustrated an original poem about Stratford written by a member of the orchestra. The strings section provided musical accompaniment while the rest of the orchestra used their instruments, feet, voices, and various props to mimic sounds commonly heard in the Stratford area.

The residents of Andrews of Stratford and other members of the audience were invited to sing-along with the final selections presented at the concert. These included, "The Log-Driver's Waltz," "Grandfather's Clock," "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain," "Clementine," and "This Land Is Your Land." 

We've come a long way in our 5 years together. What is next for this community orchestra?!?