It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we share news of our 17-18 Season. Together we’ll explore a wide variety of orchestral repertoire from the familiar favourites to the adventurous – highlighting works by Canadians –alongside music from around the world. Through the exceptional artistry of skilled HPO musicians, each program presents a unique and unified world of sound, delivering a satisfying, inspirational and enriching experience with your HPO.

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September 23, 2017
Opening Night: Russian Celebrations
FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm

GEMMA NEW Conductor
MARTIN CHALIFOUR Violin

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Borodin: Prince Igor Polovtsian Dances, Stravinsky: Firebird (1919 Suite)

Music Director Gemma New kicks off the 17-18 Season with electrifying Russian classics. Canadian violinist and Los Angeles Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour makes his Hamilton solo debut in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, while energetic works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin round out the program. This suite from Stravinsky’s breakthrough ballet, The Firebird ends this concert with a bang, as you HPO brings this dazzling and colourful score to life.

 

October 21, 2017
Best of Italian Opera
FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm

FABIO MASTRANGELO Conductor
YANA KLEYN Soprano
JOHN MACMASTER Tenor

The beauty and excitement of opera returns to the Great Hall in an evening of magnificent Italian operatic works. Experience the drama, intrigue and intensity of this genre in a concert featuring famous arias by Verdi, Puccini and Rossini, along with some of opera’s greatest and most familiar melodies.

 

November 11, 2017
Hamilton Remembers
FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm

GEMMA NEW Conductor
MICHAEL FEDYSHYN Trumpet
BACH ELGAR CHOIR Guest Artist
GRAND PHILHARMONIC CHOIR Guest Artist
SHANNON MERCER Soprano
JULIE NESRALLAH Mezzo
LAWRENCE WILIFORD Tenor
JOHN FANNING Baritone

Abigail Richardson-Schulte: Fanfare*, John Estacio: Trumpet Concerto, Mozart: Requiem Mass in D minor

In this powerful musical evening, our community comes together to acknowledge Remembrance Day and Hamilton’s history. Our own Principal Trumpet Michael Fedyshyn steps back into the solo position in Canadian composter John Estacio’s new Trumpet Concerto, written as part of the Canada Mosaic partnership in celebration of Canada’s Sesquicentennial. Finally, your HPO presents Mozart’s grand and spiritually cleansing Requiem, as we present one of history’s most moving pieces of music and acknowledge those who have committed their lives to our country. This concert also features a new Fanfare by Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte which was commissioned for Canada Mosaic, a Canada 150 Signature Project. This project commissioned short works from Canadian composers for 38 partner orchestras.

*world premiere

 

December 16, 2017
Home for the Holidays
FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm

LUCAS WALDIN Conductor
HEATHER BAMBRICK Vocalist
BRONZE FOUNDATION HANDBELL CHOIR Guest Artist

It’s a winter wonderland as Conductor Lucas Waldin returns to Hamilton in this festive holiday classic! Enjoy the shimmering sounds of handbell choir as your HPO takes you on a journey through heartwarming holiday carols and family favourites from the big screen.

 

January 20, 2018
Cirque de la Symphonie
FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm

DANIEL BARTHOLOMEW-POYSER Conductor

The magic of Cirque returns to the HPO, as acrobats perform daring and extraordinary feats of artistry to the beautiful sounds of well-known masterpieces. Your HPO performs works by famous composers such as Bernstein, Bizet, Tchaikovsky and John Williams as aerialists, contortionists and acrobats grace the stage.

 

February 17, 2018
Gemma Conducts Haydn
FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm

GEMMA NEW Conductor
ERIC HALL Bassoon

Haydn: Overture to Orfeo ed Euridice, Clementi: Symphony in B-flat major, Mozart: Chaconne and Pas seul from Idomeneo, Pleyel: Bassoon Concerto, Haydn: Symphony No.88

Hamilton’s Haydn Festival closes with an evening that features the musical voices of Haydn’s world. Our own Principal Bassoonist Eric Hall performs a work by Ignaz Pleyel, a contemporary of Haydn’s, and the popular Symphony No. 88, a concert favourite, offers the inventive spirit that made Haydn one of the most celebrated composers in Europe.

 

March 17, 2018
Beethoven & James Ehnes
FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm

GEMMA NEW Conductor
JAMES EHNES Violin

Christos Hatzis: Zeitgeist (Spirit of the Age), Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14, Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)

Canadian superstar violinist James Ehnes takes one of the 20th century’s most lyrical and rhapsodic works in this program inspired by the heroism of the Romantic era. This ravishing style of Barber’s violin Concerto contrasts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, a defining piece in the great composer’s body of work.

 

April 19, 2018
From the New World
FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm

JAMES SOMMERVILLE Conductor
CONRAD TAO Piano

György Ligeti: Concert Românesc Béla, Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3, Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)

James Sommerville returns to Hamilton to conduct Dvořák’s famous New World Symphony in an evening featuring the works of celebrated Bohemian composers. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 typifies how he could beautifully weave the melodies of African-American spirituals into one of the most popular symphonies of all time. The gypsy spirit is evident in Hungarian composer György Ligeti’s Concert Românesc, inspired by Romanian village music and dynamic young artist Conrad Tao performs Bartók’s folk melody-filled Piano Concerto No. 3.

 

May 12, 2018
Bernstein & Music of the Americas
FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm

GEMMA NEW Conductor
JEAN NORMAN IADELUCA Timpani
ERNEST PORTHOUSE Drum Set

Copland: Rodeo Ronald, Royer: Dance Suite for Timpani, Drum Set and Orchestra*, Marquez: Danzon No. 2, Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

In tribute to the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein and his inimitable artistic style, we turn our ears to the music of the Americas in the 20th century. Bernstein’s playful and pulsating Symphonic Dances from West Side Story are emblematic of the cultural influences of 1950’s New York City, blending the rhythms of Latin dances, jazz and Broadway styles. Additionally, the HPO Timpanist Jean Norman Iadeluca is recognized for his years of service to the local and national orchestral community in a new commission for timpani and drum set by American-Canadian composer Ronald Royer.

*world premiere

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