Found Sound at the Cottage

Way up north, the cell phone service is come and go (if at all) and your iPod’s maximum volume is no match for the dense northern woods. How can we enjoy music in the great outdoors without draining our car bat...

Celebrating Pride with Tchaikovsky

Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (photo from Americanblog) As Hamilton and the GTA ramp up for World Pride this week, we thought what better time to revisit the life of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Th...

Celebrate Summer in Symphonic Style

Thursdays are tough around the office. The sun is shining, it's warm outside and the weekend can't come fast enough! Good thing summer is just around the corner. hpoGo is celebrating summer on the rooftop of ...
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Sappho translated through Constantine Caravassilis

Modern Classical Composer Constantine Caravassilis Born in a family of amateur musicians in Toronto, Constantine Caravassilis was raised on Samos Island in Greece. Constantine started playing the violin at ag...
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Breaking Down the “Squeaky Gate”

Modern classical music is often criticized as sounding like a “squeaky gate” compared to the comforting traditional pieces that have been celebrated for hundreds of years. Yet The Guardian’s classical music rep...
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Learn the History Behind the Music

  William Blair Bruce (Canadian 1859–1906). The Phantom Hunter 1888. Oil on canvas. Art Gallery of Hamilton; Photo: Robert McNair Music director candidate and guest conductor Gemma New brings you the in...
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Throwback Thursday: What Next style

As we get ready for our 2014 What Next Festival of New Music in May, we're reminiscing about some of our favourite moments from previous festivals.  Here are just a few that make our list... Guests check out t...
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Brahms inspires poetry in Hamilton

It's always exciting when one art form inspires the creation of another.  Four years ago, author and journalist James Strecker attended an HPO performance and penned this ode to Brahms' dramatic First Symphony....