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

Christmas Delights – Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Welcome the Christmas Season with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, singalong carols, and the Christmas music you love! With guest conductor Shelley Hanson and Hamilton flautist Sara Traficante.

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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.

Shelley Hanson

Canadian-born conductor Shelley Hanson is widely respected for her work as a music director, conductor, and keyboardist throughout Canada and the United States. She has conducted and performed in productions with The Musical Stage Company, Charlottetown Festival, 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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