HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) is thrilled to announce their seventh annual Supercrawl performance on Saturday, September 10 at 4:30pm on the local stage at James St. N. and Wilson.

The HPO proudly partners with The Medicine Hat, an emerging Hamilton-based independent band making experimental pop music featuring hypnotic timbres and soaring melodies. This five-piece group returns to perform with an ensemble of the HPO following a highly successful, sold-out HPO Indie Series collaboration in March 2016. This program features innovative music that pushes traditional boundaries and connects with new audiences to introduce more people to Hamilton’s thriving music scene.

Formed in 2010, The Medicine Hat is comprised of lead vocalist Nabi Bersche, guitarist Tyler Bersche, drummer Mike Boyd, bassist Elliott Gwynne and newest member Chris Pruden on keyboard and synthesizer. The band is readying a new album for release this fall, and recently shared a brand new single called New Survival. (Listen here)

Working with the unique instrumentation featuring HPO musicians Leslie Newman (Principal Flute), Eric Hall (Principal Bassoon), Marsha Moffitt (cello), Rob Wolanski (Principal Double Bass) and Julia Seager (harp), Hamilton-based composer Christien Ledroit and Principal Bass and artistic lead Rob Wolanski have created innovative cross-genre works for The Medicine Hat and a chamber ensemble of the HPO. Each piece has been taken out of its original context, reworked for the orchestration of both The Medicine Hat and the HPO ensemble.

This one-hour performance features original songs by the band, including their brand new single New Survival and favourites like St. Cecilia, along with classical masterpieces like Claude Debussy’s Soupir and Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite No. 1.

The HPO has been a recurring favourite at Supercrawl, staging memorable collaborations with Basia Bulat (2011), CR Avery (2012), Hachey the MouthPEACE (2013), Thought Beneath Film (2014) and Illitry (2015). The HPO is led by conductor and Music Director Gemma New.

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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
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