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19-20 Season Packages On Sale Now!

In Music Director Gemma New’s fifth season with the orchestra, the HPO celebrates the facets that make our hometown and region great. Discover music that revels in the natural beauty of our surroundings, our stars, our history and our community. This season, experience the brilliance of our musicians, guest artists that have been significant to our past and local young musicians in celebration of our future. Single tickets on sale August 1.

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19-20 MAINSTAGE CONCERTS

Opening Night: 
RADIANT RAVEL
September 21, 2019 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall
(formerly Hamilton Place)

GEMMA NEW Conductor
LESLIE NEWMAN Flute 
MICHAEL FEDYSHYN Trumpet
STACIE DUNLOP Soprano

Dvořák: Carnival Overture 
Richardson-Schulte: The Mermaid and the Fisherman*
Debussy: Syrinx
Sibelius: Luonnotar
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2

Music Director Gemma New kicks off the 19-20 Season with a vibrant program celebrating the natural beauty of our region. Dvořák’s Carnival Overture evokes a bright and bustling scene while Sibelius’ Luonnotar summons the mystical beauty of the sea. Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte’s The Mermaid and the Fisherman features soprano Stacie Dunlop and Principal Trumpet Michael Fedyshyn. The evening concludes with Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, a stunning work that evolves from the delicate colours of a sunrise to brilliant orchestral heights.

*The Mermaid and the Fisherman is commissioned by Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra through the generous support of Ontario Arts Council.

 

MOZART & MENDELSSOHN
October 19, 2019 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall
(formerly Hamilton Place)

GEMMA NEW Conductor 
TIMOTHY CHOOI Violin

Alice Ho: Silk Road Fantasy*
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, “Turkish”
John Williams: Theme from Schindler’s List
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”

Canadian violinist and rising star Timothy Chooi takes centrestage for Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, a majestic work with a virtuosic finale inspired by Turkish music. Hear John William’s moving Theme from Schindler’s List and a world premiere by respected Canadian composer Alice Ho. Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 draws the evening to a close with the energetic style of the composer’s Italian contemporaries.

*Silk Road Fantasy is commissioned by Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra through the generous support of Ontario Arts Council.

 

A CANADIAN BRASS SALUTE
November 9, 2019 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall
(formerly Hamilton Place)

JOEY PIETRAROIA Conductor
CANADIAN BRASS Guest Artist
REGIMENTAL BAND OF THE ROYAL LIGHT INFANTRY, Guest Artist

The iconic Canadian Brass returns to the place where it all began – here in Hamilton! With a 50-year history and a strong international reputation, Canadian Brass is one of the foremost brass groups of today. In time for Remembrance Day, the brass quintet returns home to join the HPO in a noble salute to our community’s military personnel and their families. From familiar favourites to virtuosic works, this concert promises to be a moving tribute to those who honourably serve our country.

 

THE SNOWMAN
December 21, 2019 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall
(formerly Hamilton Place)

GEMMA NEW Conductor 
HAMILTON PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA Guest Artist
HAMILTON CHILDREN’S CHOIR Guest Artist

The HPO offers the warmth of classic holiday tales to brighten up the winter season. The animated film The Snowman comes to life on stage and on screen with a vivid orchestral score and beautifully illustrated video. This heartwarming story includes moving music like the beloved song Walking in the Air. With the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Hamilton Children’s Choir joining the HPO for holiday classics and carols, this concert celebrates the youthful wonder of imaginative winter fables.

 

TRIUMPHANT TCHAIKOVSKY
January 18, 2020 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall
(formerly Hamilton Place)

DINA GILBERT Conductor
JON KIMURA PARKER Piano

Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

The fifth edition of our Composer Festival looks at the rich inner world of Tchaikovsky’s music. Guest conductor Dina Gilbert conducts the bright and bounding Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, presenting the composer’s whimsical side. Internationally-renowned Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker tackles Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a bold and dramatic work. The deeply personal and expressive journey of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 completes the program, exemplifying the emotional depths of the composer’s work.

 

SCHEHERAZADE
February 15, 2020 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall
(formerly Hamilton Place)

GEMMA NEW Conductor
DAVID PELL Trombone 

Rossini: Semiramide Overture
Tomasi: Trombone Concerto
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

This concert showcases the energy, excitement and talent of our own orchestra. Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral gem Scheherazade invokes dazzling instrumental colours to illustrate the tale One Thousand and One Nights. Our own Principal Trombone David Pell displays the range and virtuosity of his instrument in Tomasi’s dynamic Trombone Concerto. We round out this moving and inspiring performance with the drama of Rossini’s Semiramide Overture.

 

HAYDN’S LONDON
March 14, 2020 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall
(formerly Hamilton Place)

GEMMA NEW Conductor
SARAH JEFFREY Oboe

Juliet Palmer: New Work
Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto
Elgar: Serenade
Haydn: Symphony No. 104, “London”

Music Director Gemma New leads a leisurely musical stroll through the English countryside. Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Oboe Sarah Jeffrey joins the HPO to perform Vaughan Williams’ pastoral Oboe Concerto. The warmth and beauty of the HPO strings are on full display in Elgar’s Serenade, and the orchestra premieres a new work by New Zealand-born Canadian composer Juliet Palmer. Bright and brilliant in character, Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 brings this program to a triumphant close.

 

SCI-FI SPECTACULAR 
April 17, 2020 at 8pm
April 18, 2020 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall
(formerly Hamilton Place)

DANIEL BARTHOLOMEW-POYSER Conductor

Selections include iconic themes from Star WarsE.T., Star TrekSupermanBatmanThe Avengers and more!

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Its continuing mission: to explore the strange, new and iconic themes of your favourite sci-fi films, including E.T., Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Star Trek, Star Wars and more. To boldly go where no HPO has gone before.

 

BEETHOVEN NINE
May 9, 2020 at 2pm (special matinee performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony)
May 9, 2020 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall
(formerly Hamilton Place)

GEMMA NEW Conductor
SASHA DJIHANIAN Soprano
LAUREN SEGAL Mezzo Soprano
LAWRENCE WILIFORD Tenor
ALEXANDER DOBSON Baritone
BACH ELGAR CHOIR Alexander Cann, Artistic Director 
GEORGETOWN BACH CHORALE, Guest Artist
GRAND RIVER CHORUS, Guest Artist

Bruckner: Te Deum
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

The HPO brings down the house with showstopper symphonic works. The voices of our city come together for Hamilton’s musical event of the year: a performance of Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9. Our vocal soloists and the Bach Elgar Choir first join the orchestra for Bruckner’s powerful Te Deum. The orchestra then embarks on Beethoven’s ever-popular ninth symphony, which concludes in the choral finale featuring the iconic Ode to Joy. Be a part of this momentous evening capping our historic 19-20 Season.

 

19-20 MARZ HOMES FAMILY CONCERT

THE COMPOSER IS DEAD
Music by Nathaniel Stookey with text by Lemony Snicket
October 27, 2019 at 2pm
McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Mohawk College

EVAN MITCHELL Conductor

This concert brings together children with family and friends in a fun and enriching musical experience. Enjoy a one-hour full orchestra concert designed with families in mind.

There’s dreadful news from the symphony hall—the composer is dead! Where were the violins on the night in question? Is the trumpet protesting a bit too boisterously? In this perplexing murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi, and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. Hear for yourself exactly what took place on that fateful, well-orchestrated afternoon in this one-hour full orchestra concert.

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