Playing with a Legend

A big band starts up a jazzy song, the Raelettes are snapping to the beat and Ray Charles' voice soars across the concert hall - the energy coming from the stage is electric. This is how many of us remember...

Ray Charles: Architect of Soul Music

The legendary Ray Charles was an architect of soul music. He was a pioneer in creating cross-genre songs and established a distinct sound by combining R & B, rock, gospel and country music styles. Born...

Training the Body and Mind with Music and Sports

Whether you’re a soccer player perfecting your angels of a corner kick, or a trombonist diligently hitting every note of a scale, both undeniably require long hours of physical repetition in order to...

Setting the Stage for Healthcare Practice Development

Our Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte brings her perspective as a modern composer to the  Enhancing Practice Development conference as their keynote speaker this afternoon. This is the first...

A Canadian Musical Icon Joins the HPO

"You can always learn, be happier, communicate better. I'm no hero, and I'm not interested in being employed. What I want is to help young people understand that when you do what your heart desires, it's...

A Concerto Fit for an Emperor

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5, also known as the Emperor Concerto, is exhilarating and awakens the ears of listeners. "The gentleness of the water droplet tenderly falling into the water embodies the...

Music Director Candidate Spotlight: Alastair Willis

The search for the HPO’s next Music Director continues with Maestro Alastair Willis as the first candidate this season to take the stage this Saturday for Opening Night: Laplante Plays Beethoven. Alastair...

Two things you need to know about “Genre Hopping”

Rock. Country. Blues. Classical. We tend to feel like we need to fit musical creations into one specific genre in order for us to understand where it belongs in the music world. But what if we took these...