Welcome to our 2016/2017 season!

“Join me as we celebrate our 44th season of orchestral music-making in the Burlington-Hamilton region and my first full season as musical director. Our four Main Stage programs, “A Drummer’s Paradise”, “French Connection”, “Romance and Passion that Rocks the Soul” and “An Evening at the Proms” will feature fantastic repertoire and exceptional Canadian soloists like pop icon Alfie Zappacosta, cellist Winona Zelenka, percussionist Beverley Johnston and star of stage Robert Pilon. Our Main Stage concerts take place at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, which boasts a new acoustic shell that brings the sound to world-class levels. Be sure to subscribe early to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of some great savings. Subscribers save 20% over the single ticket price, with an additional 20% discount if ordered by August 15. Our special pricing for youth makes it even more affordable for families to share an afternoon at the symphony.” – Maestro Claudio Vena

City of Burlington Canada Day Celebrations – Saturday July 1, 2017, at 9 pm

On Saturday, July 1, please come and celebrate Canada 150 with Symphony on the Bay and the City of Burlington!

Activities for the day begin at noon. At 9 pm, Symphony on the Bay will share the stage with Burlington’s own Rik Emmett (founding member of Triumph) and the Spoons. At 10 pm, enjoy 18 minutes of spectacular fireworks as they erupt over lake Ontario, choreographed to live music performed by Symphony on the Bay.

Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Road, Burlington.

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Burlington Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.

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 community-based symphony orchestra serving Hamilton, Burlington and surrounding areas. 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 magnificent 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. Our orchestra, comprised of students, highly skilled amateurs and a core of professional players, is looking forward to this new chapter in the life of Symphony on the Bay. We hope you will be part of this new chapter!

Robert Pilon, tenor

Guest soloist at our May 14 concert, tenor Robert Pilon is proud to have played the lead roles of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables in Toronto at the Royal Alexandra Theatre and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and The Phantom in the Toronto production of The...

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Laura Secord Concert Choir

The Concert Choir of Laura Secord Secondary School from St. Catharines, Ontario, joins Robert Pilon and Symphony on the Bay for our May 14 concert. The school Music Department promotes student talent and fosters extra-curricular involvement with the production of...

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