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 this season’s Young Artists’ Competition.

October 28, 2018French Flair – with pianist Talisa Blackman.

December 9, 2018Christmas Delights – with flautist Sara Traficante.

February 24, 2019The Silk Road – with violinist Angel Wang.

May 12, 2019American Proms – a tribute to Benny Goodman, with clarinetist Bob DeAngelis.

Venetian Mask

The Silk Road – Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Guest conductor Michael Berec leads the orchestra in works that evoke the richness and beauty of Asia, featuring a celebration of Chinese culture by noted Chinese-Canadian virtuoso violinist Angel Wang.

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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.

 

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.

Angel Wang, violin

Renowned violinist Angel Wang has established herself as a violinist of exceptional ability in both China and Canada in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. In China she was a member of the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra and established the Angel Trio, performing...

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Michael Berec

Music has always played a vital role in the life of award-winning, Hungarian-Canadian conductor/composer Michael Berec. After graduating with a Master‘s in Music, Michael transitioned from the world of academia to a career in music for film and television. He has over...

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