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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...