Welcome to our 2018-2019 season!

Postcards from Abroad — We are excited to present a panorama of music in 2018-2019. Inspired by travels taken and journeys only dreamed of, these musical pictures will showcase favourite haunts and faraway places. Our travels “by ear” will also bring you four exceptional soloists, as well as the winners of next year’s Young Artists’ Competition.

October 28, 2018French Flair – We are thrilled to share the stage with pianist Talisa Blackman, who has performed with many of the top orchestras from North America and Russia.

December 9, 2018Christmas Delights – We are very pleased to present Hamilton flute player and rising star Sara Traficante. Another highlight of this concert will be the achingly beautiful Blue Cathedral, a favourite of our beloved flautist David Gerry, who passed away in December 2017.

February 24, 2019The Silk Road – Virtuoso violinist Angel Wang will evoke the richness and beauty of Asia. A celebration of Chinese culture by a noted Chinese-Canadian performer. Not to be missed!

May 12, 2019American Proms – Clarinetist Bob DeAngelis will have you dancing in the aisles with his toe-tapping, high energy tribute to Benny Goodman – the “King of Swing.” The perfect Mother’s Day treat!

Venetian Mask

Burlington Canada Day Celebrations – Saturday, July 1, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Spencer Smith Park on the Burlington Waterfront

Help us celebrate Canada and the wonderful community we live in! Come in the afternoon and hear the Symphony on the Bay strings perform light classical and popular music.

Admission is free – see the Canada Day schedule of events. Come for the afternoon and stay for the fireworks!

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The Venue – Burlington Performing Arts Centre

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is the only freestanding green performing arts centre in Canada. Built to Leadership in Environmental Design (LEED) standards, the result is a performing arts centre that has a reduced impact on the environment. The Main Theatre is a multi-purpose performance venue. Audience members will enjoy excellent sightlines and proximity to the stage, world-class acoustics and an intimate connection to the performers on stage. This theatre includes a six-storey fly tower and an orchestra pit to accommodate more elaborate theatrical and musical productions. Seating 718 guests, this world-class theatre delights our performers and audiences alike.


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Symphony on the Bay

Symphony on the Bay is a full-size community orchestra serving Burlington, Hamilton, and the surrounding areas. We perform in the magnificent Burlington Performing Arts Centre in downtown Burlington. We demystify classical music and make this great art form accessible. Our musicians—highly skilled amateurs, students, and professional players—feel privileged to share this great music with the communities we live and work in.

We began in 1973 as the McMaster Symphony Orchestra, left the university to become Symphony Hamilton in 1988, and rebranded as Symphony on the Bay in 2011 to reflect our role in the wider Hamilton-Burlington community. We made our new home in the Burlington Performing Arts Centre in 2011. Maestro Claudio Vena was appointed Conductor and Music Director in December 2015, succeeding Maestro James R. McKay who was our Conductor and Music Director for 19 years and now holds the title of Music Director Emeritus.

Talisa Blackman, piano

Talisa Blackman has performed with some of the top orchestras from North America and Russia. She most recently appeared as soloist with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ronald Royer performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in October 2017, and...

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Sara Traficante, flute

Sara Traficante is a versatile flutist who is in demand as a performer and recording artist for her expressive musicality, technical mastery, and creative approach across musical genres. As a chamber musician and soloist, Sara has been featured at Festival of the...

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