May at the HPO welcomes world-renowned artists and new experimental orchestral experiences. HPO’s 16-17 mainstage season closes with Canadian solo violin sensation, Lara St. John. May also features a new interactive concert experience – HPO LIVE: Intimate and Immersive.

HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Seniors Talk and Tea series closes with Story Time with Composers on Friday, May 5 at 11am. This engaging event led by Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte explores the stories behind the composers of HPO’s mainstage concerts. This session tells the stories behind Stravinsky’s jealous puppets in Petrouchka and Strauss’ portrayal of the legendary Spanish Don Juan. After the talk, attendees go behind-the-scenes and watch an exclusive HPO rehearsal in the Great Hall at the FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place).

On Friday, May 5 at 12:45pm, Music Director Gemma New hosts a talk at the Hamilton Public Library. This talk features an in-depth look at the life and works of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, one of the most controversial and influential composers of the 20th century.

On Saturday, May 6 at 7:30pm, the HPO presents Stravinsky & Lara St. John at the FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place). Lara St. John is a Canadian-born violinist is well known for her explosive and expressive playing. This concert features Korngold’s Hollywood-inspired Violin Concerto as well as the rich sounds of Stravinsky’s ballet, Petrouchka, and Strauss’ Don Juan. There is an Inside the Music: Pre-Concert Talk at 6:30pm.

On Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30pm experience the HPO like never before at HPO LIVE: Intimate and Immersive in The Studio at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place). Music Director Gemma New introduces audiences to a new, interactive orchestral experience. HPO musicians perform an emotive program while a stimulating light and video display animates the story behind the music. The visuals support the mood of the music and dialogue from Gemma offers insight into the character of each piece.

From May 26 to 28 take in HPO ensemble performances throughout the city at the What Next Festival of New Music. This festival celebrates Canada 150 through music. Explore our land, nature, culture and history through the music of living and legendary Canadian composers. What Next Festival of New Music performances will be held on May 23, 26, 28 at 7:30pm at various locations and a special pre-festival, launch event takes place Tuesday, May 16 at 5:30pm at the home of Principal Clarinet, Stephen Pierre.

May 2017 EVENT LISTING

For tickets and more information call the HPO Box Office at 905.526.7756 or order tickets online at hpo.org

Seniors’ Talk and Tea: Story Time with Composers

Friday, May 5 at 11AM
FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place)
Stage Door (10 MacNab Street S.)
Abigail Richardson-Schulte, Composer-in-Residence
Tickets: $10.

HPO @ the Library
Friday, May 5 at 12:45PM
Hamilton Public Library Central Branch (55 York Boulevard)
Gemma New, Music Director
FREE Talk.

Stravinsky & Lara St. John
Saturday, May 6 at 7:30PM
FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) (1 Summers Lane)
Inside the Music: Pre-Concert Talk in the Great Hall at 6:30pm

Tickets: $10-$67 (Price does not include applicable taxes and service charges)
hpoGO Tickets (under 35): $17

What Next Festival of New Music
May 23-28, various locations, PWYC (pay what you can)
Special pre-festival event May 16 $25

HPO LIVE: Intimate and Immersive
Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30PM
FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place)
Tickets: $25. RSVP Required.


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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 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.

 

Media Contacts:

Kim Varian
Manager, Marketing and Development
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
905.526.1677 X 226
kvarian@hpo.org

Diana Weir
Executive Director
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
905.526.1677 X 227
dweir@hpo.org

 

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