After 19 months, the HPO stick is about to wave

Only two dorms left before the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s first live concert with an in-person audience in the FirstOntario concert hall since February 2020.

Coinciding with the start of Ontario Culture Days, the HPO Community Concert on Saturday, September 25 at 2 p.m. will be free with approximately 470 tickets available for in-person patrons. Registration for these free general admission tickets began Friday, September 10 at The concert will also be broadcast live for free via the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s YouTube channel and viewable for the following 14 days. Registration for the live stream is done at the above web address.

“This concert is a celebration for our entire community,” said HPO Executive Director Kim Varian. “We are delighted to return to FirstOntario Concert Hall with a live audience and to share this special experience with as many Hamiltonians as possible through the live broadcast. “

Solo violin Stephen Sitarski will conduct a 34-piece HPO in a simple and cheerful classical project which, with the exception of the last number, contains many French connections.

The concert will open with the final movement of “Symphony no. 83 ”, the second of six“ Parisian ”symphonies composed for the Concert of the Olympic Lodge, the founding conductor of which was Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

After the Haydn, Sitarksi and company will line up for “Symphony no. 2. “A mosaic video of the first movement of this symphony was uploaded to HPO’s YouTube channel in July. However, you will now be able to hear them play the full symphony, which they last did on February 15th. 2014 during Jamie Sommerville’s last concert as music director of HPO.

The Bologna will be followed by the first movement of the “Symphony in C minor” op. 6 no. 3. Interestingly, Gossec later founded the Concert des Amateurs in Paris with which Bologne performed and premiered his op. 2 violin concertos.

This is the perfect time to line up at the “Adagio” of the “Violin Concerto in A” Op. 5 no. 2 with Lyssa Pelton as soloist.

Pelton, a Glenn Gould School alumnus, has been performing with the HPO since 2016 and has been a principal member of the concertmaster section since 2018. She also performs regularly in four Toronto orchestras. Bologna will mark its debut in HPO solo.

The 45-minute concert will end with the final movement of “Symphony no. 35 ”, nicknamed the“ Haffner ”after the Salzburg family at the origin of its genesis.

Government-issued ID and a full COVID-19 vaccination receipt are required for entry. Physical distancing will be maintained at the site and customers aged five and over must wear masks. Doors open at 1 p.m. Visit or for health and safety protocols.

Julie and Jeremy Ludwig opened their 2021-2022 season of The Linden Project with the YouTube broadcast of “Synesthesia: The Color of Song,” an 82-minute recital celebrating visual arts and artists.

Recorded at the St. Cuthbert Presbyterian, this colorful recital of art songs features soprano Julie Ludwig in Debussy’s “Fantoches”, “Juchhe! By Brahms. and “Vincent” by Don McLean, among others. Mezzo Veronika Anissimova sings excerpts from Poulenc’s “The Painter’s Work” song cycle and the recital’s centerpiece, Jeffrey Ryan’s 27-minute “Miss Carr in Seven Scenes”, whose lyrics have been adapted from entries in the diary of the iconic Canadian artist.

“I knew right away that Carr’s personal yet universal diary entries could bridge song and theater in a kind of monodrama in the life of an artist,” Ryan wrote in his notes. program of 2017. “These resulting seven scenes provide a series of snapshots chronicling Carr’s parallel journeys to capture the mountain on her canvas and conquer the mountain to artistic success and validation.”

Hamilton-based collaborative accompanist Ethan Lacey also contributes solo piano improvisations in the style of Debussy, Berg and Poulenc on flower paintings by van Gogh, Klee and Klimt.

Digital programs are available at

In memory of late June Caskey, cellist and 5 of the First Chamber Music Series, artistic director Rachel Mercer and pianist Angela Park uploaded their digital performance of Arvo Pärt’s meditative ‘Spiegel im Spiegel’ to the channel YouTube of 5 at the First. On a separate note, Mercer hopes to perform COVID-19 compliant chamber music concerts in First Unitarian in late fall or early winter. Stay tuned.

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