Welcome to our 2017-2018 season!

October 29, 2017– German Masters – including Beethoven Violin Romance No. 2, and Schubert Symphony No. 8 in B minor (the Unfinished) and featuring guest soloist violinist Marie Bérard from the COC.

December 10, 2017 – A Double-Reed Christmas – including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Corelli Christmas Concerto and a Christmas carol sing-along and featuring guest soloist bassoonist Fraser Jackson from the TSO.

February 18, 2018 – All the World’s a Stage – including Prokofiev‘s Peter and the Wolf and Louis Applebaum’s Three Stratford Fanfares. Peter and the Wolf will be Narrated by Shaw Festival Artistic Director Tim Carroll. Senior winners of our Young Artists’ Competition will perform.

May 13, 2018 – From Rags to Riches – a Pops Concert featuring original works of Catherine Wilson, Bach Piano Concerto, and George Gershwin’s Rialto Ripples Rag, with guest soloist pianist Catherine Wilson of Ensemble Vivant. Winners of our Young Artists’ Competition will perform.

Venetian Mask

From Rags to Riches – Sunday May 13, 2018, at 3 pm

We close the season with our annual crowd-pleasing Pops concert, featuring iconic Canadian classical crossover pianist Catherine Wilson. Catherine will perform five works with the orchestra: J.S. Bach’s Piano Concerto in F minor, George Gershwin’s Ragtime composition Rialto Ripples, Catherine Wilson’s Sackville Street Ballad, Phil Dwyer’s Bernardo’s Tango and Ernesto Lecuona’s Andalucia. The program also includes Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance and Chanson de Nuit plus other orchestral favourites, and performances by winners of our Young Artists’ Competition, violinist Erin Merkley and mezzo Lyndsay Promane. Get details…


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 will delight your 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.

Erin Merkley, violin — 2017 YAC Junior Winner

Erin Merkley is a thirteen-year-old violinist with a love and passion for music. Starting at a very young age, Erin discovered the joy of the playing the violin. Growing up with a supportive musical family, Erin continued to flourish and develop her talents. At the...

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