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Indie Series Q&A with Realtime Activities

The first concert of our new HPO Indie Series is fast approaching and we can't wait to share this cross-genre experience with you. We're excited not only for the music, but for the visual installation that...
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HPO Indie Series: Levelling the Playing Field

It’s been a great start for Hamilton’s electronic rock band Illitry (ILL-a-tree). The young band has shared the stage with Rich Aucoin, Eight and a half, Zammuto (formerly The Books), Shout Out Out Out Out...
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10 reasons you should attend James Sommerville in Concert

Do you have your tickets to the 2014-15 Season finale? Here are 10 reasons you should attend James Sommerville in Concert this Saturday. If you already have your tickets, then here are 10 reasons you made the...
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Program Notes – James Sommerville in Concert

Program Notes - James Sommerville in Concert May 23, 2015 Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat major,K. 495 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Born January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria Died December 5, 1791 in Vienna,...
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New Music in Canada: The Music of Today

In the 1940s and ‘50s, Canadian composers recognized a need for the creation, promotion and organization of Canadian music. From that, the Canadian League of Composers, the Canada Council for the Arts and...
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New Music: Hundreds of Years in the Making

By HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte Today’s “contemporary classical” or “new” music can be anything, a result of hundreds of years of change in music composition. For much...
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Why I Volunteer for the HPO

Ashley Tao is one of our most active members on the HPO’s Volunteer Roster. When she’s not working on her PhD in medical physics, Ashley plays the flute in the Dundas Concert Band and Royal Hamilton...
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Orchestra 101: Periods of Classical Music

Whether you're new to orchestral music or an experienced listener, we think it's interesting to hear how orchestral music has evolved over time. Enjoy this fast and friendly guide to the Baroque, Classical and...