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 McCauley Christmas Fantasia and Vivaldi Christmas Concerto 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.

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. Featuring Guest soloist pianist Catherine Wilson of Ensemble Vivant.


German Masters – Sunday October 29, 2017, at 3 pm

Our season opener showcases the world-class violin playing of Canadian violinist Marie Bérard and will feature music of the great German composers: Mendelssohn’s overture The Hebrides, Beethoven’s Violin Romance No. 2, Spohr’s Violin Concerto no 8, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor (the Unfinished) and Wagner’s overture to Tannhäuser.
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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 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.

Marie Bérard, violin

Violinist Marie Bérard will be the featured soloist for our season opener, German Masters, on October 29, 2017. Best known as the concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Marie Bérard is also a sought-after chamber musician, soloist, recording artist and...

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Fraser Jackson, bassoon

Guest soloist at our December 10, 2017 concert, Fraser Jackson has been a member of the bassoon section of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1990. He has also performed with such groups as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the...

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