HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) has teamed up once again with Marz Homes to present the Marz Homes Family Concert on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 2pm at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Mohawk College. This exciting event brings families together to experience an afternoon of Halloween favourites at the symphony.

Conducted by Music Director Gemma New, families will enjoy a one-hour concert designed for children age five and up, featuring fun and family-friendly music including Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, excerpts from John Williams’ Star Wars, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and music by Strauss and Haydn. Families are encouraged to give their costumes an early debut and join HPO staff and musicians as they dress up and compete for best costume.

Additionally, families can also enjoy video accompaniment with select works. In partnership with the Hamilton Film Festival, the HPO is pleased to present brand new short films to accompany Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre.

Entitled I Want Candy and played along with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, local filmmaker Nathan Fleet tells the Halloween story of a group of children who will stop at nothing to get candy from a grumpy home owner. Hamiltonian Nathan Fleet is an award-winning filmmaker and film composer. His films have screened around the world and his music has been featured in films and television across Canada and the US. Nathan is also the director of the Hamilton Film Festival and an active member of the local music and film scene.

Local filmmaker Jeremy Major presents a short filmed dance to go along with Danse Macabre, with movement interpretation by choreographer Christina Hampson featuring the character of “death” as he calls forth for his deadly friends to perform for him in the night. Jeremy Major is a director and producer with a background in the arts. Major was a producer of the WNED-PBS documentary Hockey: More Than a Game, produced and co-directed the WNED-PBS documentary Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain. He is currently hitting the festival circuit with his third feature-length film, Artless, and recently released a War of 1812 historical drama, The Battle of Beaver Dams: Uncommon Courage. Past films have been official selections of film festivals in New York, L.A., Houston, and Asheville.

The HPO has gone beyond the stage to also offer pre-concert interactive activities for children including an Instrument Petting Zoo. The “zoo” enables children and parents alike to explore a variety of instruments in a hands-on way and try out a new musical instrument under the guidance of local musicians. Guest can play an acoustic bass, try out a variety of exotic percussion instruments and learn how to create a sound on the trombone, flute, saxophone, trumpet and clarinet.

“Music is engaging, inspiring and brings people together. It is also extremely beneficial to children’s development. This is why we are excited to help the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra bring this concert series to our community,” says Dan Gabriele, President, Marz Homes. “This installment of the Family Concert Series will be especially thrilling!”

This is the first of two family concerts in the HPO’s 16-17 Season. Following a successful full-day concert experience in January 2016, the HPO returns with another full day of symphony themed fun in the Marz Homes Family Concert Experience on February 18, 2017.

Ticket Information

Marz Homes Family Concert
Sunday, October 30 at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre (Mohawk College)
Pre-Concert Activities 1pm
Concert begins 2pm

Tickets for the Marz Homes Family Concert are $10 for children (13 and under) and $20 for adults/seniors (plus applicable taxes and fees). Tickets are available online at, by calling 905.526.7756 or in person at the HPO Box Office in FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) at 10 MacNab Street South.

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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 premiere 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.    

Media Contacts:

Tara Bryk
Manager, Marketing and Development
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
905.526.1677 X 226

Diana Weir
Director, Communications and Development
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
905.526.1677 X 230

Ellen Davidson
Hamilton Film Festival (Nov. 5 – Nov. 13)
905.527.1895 / 416.524.7198

2 Responses

    • Diana Weir

      Your tickets will be held at the registration table under your name. Simply bring a piece of photo ID along with your receipt to the concert on Sunday.

      See you there!
      -Your HPO

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