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SSO presents its 'Legends and Love Stories' concert March 9

Concert 'about music that tells a story,' says director Mélanie Léonard

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Mélanie Léonard, invites you to experience the sounds and sensations of “Legends and Love Stories” Saturday, March 9.

This is the third concert in the symphony's 43rd season and it promises to whisk you away to a world of wonder and romance, said a press release.

Opening the program is Canadian Glenn Buhr's “Akasha,” meaning sky, a piece inspired by the Romantic era that will leave you with a feeling of spaciousness and calm. 

Next up is the beloved Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius concert work “Pelleas and Melisande,” a musical depiction of the forbidden love between the two title characters. 

“Sibelius is a well-known composer, but this particular piece is not played very often,” Léonard said. “It is a rare occasion to discover it is based on one of the iconic love stories.”

Ludwig von Beethoven carries on the theme with the “Creatures of Prometheus Overture,” about the mythical figure who brought enlightenment to his people by leading them to Parnassus and the God Apollo. 

Rounding out the evening is the fascinating and mysterious “Unfinished Symphony” by Franz Schubert. 

“I like when my programs have a narrative arch, and in this case, it is about music that tells a story,” Léonard said. “It's not just about putting nice music together … there is a connecting thread between the works.” 

The concert gets underway at 7:30 p.m. March 9 at Laurentian University's Fraser Auditorium.

Tickets range in price from $20 to $44 each. Visit