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Fun Facts: Sci-Fi Spectacular

As one of film's most popular genres, science fiction has given us many memorable tunes. While you're likely to recognize the music at this Saturday's Sci-Fi Spectacular concert, there are some interesting...
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John Williams: A composer on stage and on screen

Think of a classic movie score. We’ll give you a minute. What was the first one that came to mind? Could it be the famous tune from Raiders of the Lost Ark, invoking images of rough and tumble, grizzled...
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Classical Music You Know from Movies

Movies and music have always gone together. Before there were voices in film, music was used to enhance the movie and today you can rarely sit through a modern movie without  hearing a piece of classical...
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Chamber Music: The Music of Friends

What is chamber music? Traditionally, it is a form of classical music that is composed for small groups of instruments, normally three to four players. The idea was that the ensemble could fit in a palace...
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Musician Spotlight: Michael Fedyshyn

This Wednesday, February 25 the HPO Brass Quintet performs at Hamilton Artists Inc., amidst the gallery exhibit Ignition 3. Join us for a FREE 60-minute performance as part of the new Gallery Series hosted by...
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The Musically Inspiring Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, one of the most well known and tragic love stories to date has been set to music by many composers, telling stories of unrequited and tragic love. Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet,...
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Program Notes – Romeo and Juliet

Program Notes Romeo and Juliet February 21, 2015 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture Born May 7, 1840, in Votkinsk, in Russia’s Ural Mountains. Died November 6, 1893, in St....
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Program Notes – Tchaikovsky’s Sixth

Program Notes Tchaikovsky's Sixth January 17, 2015 Symphony No. 6 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Born May 7, 1840, in Votkinsk, Russia. Died November 6, 1893, in St. Petersburg, Russia This work was first...
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Music Director Candidate Spotlight: Theodore Kuchar

It's hard to believe that after a two-year search, we are coming to the end of our Music Director Candidate concerts.  Our fifth of six candidates takes the stage on January 17 to conduct Tchaikovsky's...
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Guest Artist Spotlight: Martin MacDonald

We're thrilled to have Guest Conductor and Cape Breton native Martin MacDonald lead the HPO and special guests the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in Home for the Holidays this Saturday, December 20...