May 23-28, 2017

All works were new once. The HPO’s annual What Next Festival is your chance to hear the music of today. It’s also a chance to get up close and personal with our musicians as they perform works for ensembles ranging from chamber orchestra to woodwind quintet. This year, celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary through music.

Join us as we explore our land, nature, culture and history through the eyes and ears of living Canadian composers such as Allan Gordon Bell, John Beckwith and Derek Charke, and our founding composers Sir Ernest MacMillan and Violet Archer. Experience the history and beauty of Canadian music in unique venues across Hamilton as part of the 2017 What Next Festival of New Music.

Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30pm
Postcards from the Sky
First Hamilton Christian reformed Church (181 Charlton Avenue W)
This intimate and lush concert features some of Canada’s most beautiful and recognizable works for string orchestra. We honour Canadian composers, both past and present as we feature works by Sir Ernest MacMillan and Marjan Mozetich.

Saturday, May 27 at 7:30pm
The Furious Stomp
The Church of St. John the Evangelist (320 Charlton Avenue W)
Experience Canada’s northeast coast and a roaring tribute to Stompin’ Tom Connors by Hamilton composer William Peltier. This concert features Principal Flute Leslie Newman with a chamber ensemble of six: flute, violin, percussion, horn, piano as well as Hamilton baritone Jeremy Ludwig. This diverse program has Leslie imitating loons, stomping on plywood, playing with throat singers on recording, and playing a jig…among other things.

Sunday, May 28 at 7:30pm
Trails of Gravity and Grace
The Church of St. John the Evangelist (320 Charlton Avenue W)
The title of this concert takes its name from a work by prairie composer Allan Gordon Bell, as he shows us the flight of prairie falcons and the landscape above us. Featuring our Principal Clarinet Stephen Pierre in combination with a piano trio and wind quintet as we head to Canada’s west.

Admission to all What Next Festival events is PWYC (pay what you can) at the door.

Festival Director: Abigail Richardson-Schulte


Support Provided by:

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Bob and Peggy Savage

SOCAN Foundation