Celebrate Summer in Symphonic Style

Thursdays are tough around the office. The sun is shining, it's warm outside and the weekend can't come fast enough! Good thing summer is just around the corner. hpoGo is celebrating summer on the rooftop...
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Sibelius, Shakespeare and The Tempest

How does one angry exiled duke stranded on an island with his beautiful daughter and deformed servant get revenge? A very big storm. Shakespeare and Sibelius’ works combined, both titled The Tempest,...
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Reflections in the Sea: Britten’s Peter Grimes

"The Old Man and the Sea" - Winslow Homer Countless stories have been told documenting the trials and tribulations about journeying over water. Tales of sailors, fishermen and whalers talk about the draw...
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Invoking Haydn and the Gypsies

What do Austrian composer Haydn and gypsies have in common? More than you might think. A good friend of HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte,  Katarina Curcin, points out the correlations and...
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Sappho translated through Constantine Caravassilis

Modern Classical Composer Constantine Caravassilis Born in a family of amateur musicians in Toronto, Constantine Caravassilis was raised on Samos Island in Greece. Constantine started playing the violin at...
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Vivian Fung and Composing a Cross-Cultural Identity

Modern Classical Composer Vivian Fung As a second generation Canadian, JUNO award winning composer Vivian Fung says that composing has helped her realize that she doesn't need to identify with just one...
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In her own words: A Canadian in Paris

Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte On Saturday, April 26, we're pleased to present the world premiere of A Canadian in Paris by our very own composer-in-residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte....
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Brass & Beatboxing: Happy Hour w/ the HPO

Beatbox.  Orchestra.  Hip-hop artist.  Symphony musician.  It’s not everyday that these things are talked about in the same sentence.  And it's certainly not everyday these two types of artists perform...
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The Family That Plays Together Stays Together

It’s no secret that music brings families closer together. The Jackson 5 sang some groovy Motown tunes, the Trapp family harmonized their way to Switzerland and the Marleys continue to celebrate as...