HPO Announces the 17-18 Mainstage Season Posted on July 4, 2017 ***REVISED July 4, 2017*** HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) is proud to announce the 17-18 Season. Reconnect with old classics from Beethoven and Haydn, replenish the senses with a celebration of Russian composers and revive musical passion with a tribute to West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein. This season offers a full range of orchestral repertoire while highlighting internationally recognized talent and brings forward HPO musicians as soloists. The 17-18 Season promises to be dynamic, immersive and exciting, in the way that only a live, professional orchestra can. This season, Canadian superstar violinist James Ehnes, returns to FirstOntario Concert Hall to perform Barber’s famous concerto, and James Sommerville returns as guest conductor for Dvořák’s famous New World Symphony in a special weeknight performance. The Best of Italian Opera brings opera back to the Great Hall with guest conductor Fabio Mastrangelo highlighting famous arias by Verdi, Puccini and Rossini. The HPO recognizes Remembrance Day with Hamilton Remembers, an evening paying homage to our military community and Hamilton’s history. The HPO’s own Michael Fedyshyn returns as the trumpet soloist for this special evening. In a special end to the season, the HPO celebrates Principal Timpanist Jean Norman Iadeluca’s many years of service to the local and national orchestral community by performing a special work commissioned by American-Canadian composer Ronald Royer. This dynamic and exciting evening also pays tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. In addition to these mainstage performances, the HPO returns to the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Mohawk College for two Marz Homes Family Concerts. 17-18 MAINSTAGE CONCERTS September 23, 2017 Opening Night: Russian Celebrations FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm GEMMA NEW Conductor MARTIN CHALIFOUR Violin Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Borodin: Prince Igor Polovtsian Dances Stravinsky: Firebird (1919 Suite) Music Director Gemma New kicks off the 17-18 Season with electrifying Russian classics. Canadian violinist and Los Angeles Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour makes his Hamilton solo debut in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, while energetic works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin round out the program. This suite from Stravinsky’s breakthrough ballet, The Firebird ends this concert with a bang, as you HPO brings this dazzling and colourful score to life. October 21, 2017 Best of Italian Opera FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm FABIO MASTRANGELO Conductor YANA KLEYN Soprano JOHN MACMASTER Tenor The beauty and excitement of opera returns to the Great Hall in an evening of magnificent Italian operatic works. Experience the drama, intrigue and intensity of this genre in a concert featuring famous arias by Verdi, Puccini and Rossini, along with some of opera’s greatest and most familiar melodies. November 11, 2017 Hamilton Remembers FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm GEMMA NEW Conductor MICHAEL FEDYSHYN Trumpet BACH ELGAR CHOIR Guest Artist GRAND PHILHARMONIC CHOIR Guest Artist SHANNON MERCER Soprano JULIE NESRALLAH Mezzo LAWRENCE WILIFORD Tenor JOHN FANNING Baritone Abigail Richardson-Schulte: Fanfare* John Estacio: Trumpet Concerto Mozart: Requiem Mass in D minor In this powerful musical evening, our community comes together to acknowledge Remembrance Day and Hamilton’s history. Our own Principal Trumpet Michael Fedyshyn steps back into the solo position in Canadian composter John Estacio’s new Trumpet Concerto, written as part of the Canada Mosaic partnership in celebration of Canada’s Sesquicentennial. Finally, your HPO presents Mozart’s grand and spiritually cleansing Requiem, as we present one of history’s most moving pieces of music and acknowledge those who have committed their lives to our country. This concert also features a new Fanfare by Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte which was commissioned for Canada Mosaic, a Canada 150 Signature Project. This project commissioned short works from Canadian composers for 38 partner orchestras. *world premiere December 16, 2017 Home for the Holidays FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm LUCAS WALDIN Conductor HEATHER BAMBRICK Vocalist BRONZE FOUNDATION HANDBELL CHOIR Guest Artist It’s a winter wonderland as Conductor Lucas Waldin returns to Hamilton in this festive holiday classic! Enjoy the shimmering sounds of handbell choir as your HPO takes you on a journey through heartwarming holiday carols and family favourites from the big screen. January 20, 2018 Cirque de la Symphonie FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm DANIEL BARTHOLOMEW-POYSER Conductor The magic of Cirque returns to the HPO, as acrobats perform daring and extraordinary feats of artistry to the beautiful sounds of well-known masterpieces. Your HPO performs works by famous composers such as Bernstein, Bizet, Tchaikovsky and John Williams as aerialists, contortionists and acrobats grace the stage. FEBRUARY 17, 2018 – revised date Gemma Conducts Haydn FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm GEMMA NEW Conductor ERIC HALL Bassoon Haydn: Overture to Orfeo ed Euridice Clementi: Symphony in B-flat major Mozart: Chaconne and Pas seul from Idomeneo Pleyel: Bassoon Concerto Haydn: Symphony No. 88 Hamilton’s Haydn Festival closes with an evening that features the musical voices of Haydn’s world. Our own Principal Bassoonist Eric Hall performs a work by Ignaz Pleyel, a contemporary of Haydn’s, a not-often-performed Mozart Overture is featured alongside two works by Mozart’s friend and mentor—Haydn, the “Father of the Symphony.” This concert closes with his popular Symphony No. 88, a concert favourite, offers the inventive spirit that made Haydn one of the most celebrated composers in Europe. MARCH 17, 2018 – revised date BEETHOVEN & JAMES EHNES FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm GEMMA NEW Conductor JAMES EHNES Violin Christos Hatzis: Zeitgeist (Spirit of the Age) Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14 Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) Canadian superstar violinist James Ehnes takes one of the 20th century’s most lyrical and rhapsodic works in this program inspired by the heroism of the Romantic era. This ravishing style of Barber’s violin Concerto contrasts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, a defining piece in the great composer’s body of work. April 19, 2018 From the New World FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm JAMES SOMMERVILLE Conductor CONRAD TAO Piano György Ligeti: Concert Românesc Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3 Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) James Sommerville returns to Hamilton to conduct Dvořák’s famous New World Symphony in an evening featuring the works of celebrated Bohemian composers. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 typifies how he could beautifully weave the melodies of African-American spirituals into one of the most popular symphonies of all time. The gypsy spirit is evident in Hungarian composer György Ligeti’s Concert Românesc, inspired by Romanian village music and dynamic young artist Conrad Tao performs Bartók’s folk melody-filled Piano Concerto No. 3. May 12, 2018 Bernstein & Music of the Americas FirstOntario Concert Hall, 7:30pm GEMMA NEW Conductor JEAN NORMAN IADELUCA Timpani ERNEST PORTHOUSE Drum Set Copland: Rodeo Ronald Royer: Dance Suite for Timpani, Drum Set and Orchestra* Marquez: Danzon No. 2 Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story In tribute to the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein and his inimitable artistic style, we turn our ears to the music of the Americas in the 20th century. Bernstein’s playful and pulsating Symphonic Dances from West Side Story are emblematic of the cultural influences of 1950’s New York City, blending the rhythms of Latin dances, jazz and Broadway styles. Additionally, the HPO Timpanist Jean Norman Iadeluca is recognized for his years of service to the local and national orchestral community in a new commission for timpani and drum set by American-Canadian composer Ronald Royer. *world premiere 17-18 MARZ HOMES FAMILY CONCERTS October 14, 2017 Peter and the Wolf McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Mohawk College Concert begins at 2pm February 3, 2018 Pinocchio McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Mohawk College Activities 11am – 1:30pm, Concert begins at 2pm The HPO is proud to present another exciting season of Marz Homes Family Concerts. Families connect with the HPO at these fun, themed, one-hour concerts at Mohawk’s McIntyre Performing Arts Centre. Ticket Information Subscriptions to the 17-18 Mainstage Season can be purchased in 9-, 7-, 5- or 3-concert packages. Subscribers can also add Family Concert tickets to their subscription packages ahead of the general public. Subscribers can save up to 18% off single ticket prices, and packages start at as little as $64 (plus HST) for a 3-concert package. Subscriptions can be purchased by calling 905.526.7756. Single tickets for the 17-18 Season go on sale July 1 and will be available online at hpo.org, by calling 905.526.7756 or in-person at the HPO Box Office in First Ontario Concert Hall at 10 MacNab Street South. About the HPO: The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1884 as The Hamilton Orchestral Society and grew to become one of Canada’s major professional orchestras. Today, the HPO is a leader in Hamilton’s robust arts community where it provides professional orchestral services and music education programs to address the needs of the community. The HPO continues to commission and premier works and is one of the artistic jewels of the Hamilton area. The combined musical talents of its artists continue to enrich the community and enhance the quality of life for its residents. 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