Concert Schedule – old format

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Burlington Canada Day Celebrations

Saturday July 1, 2017, at 9 pm

Spencer Smith Park on the Burlington Waterfront

This annual event takes a special meaning this year on Canada’s 150th birthday! The orchestra will share the stage with Burlington’s own Rik Emmett (founding member of Triumph) and The Spoons (with original member Rob Preuss), and play a special program of favorite overtures and rare Canadian works, followed by fireworks set to music. 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.

Admission is free – see the Canada Day schedule of events.
Come for the afternoon and stay for the evening concert and fireworks! 

German Masters

Sunday October 29, 2017 at 3 pm

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Our season opener showcases the world-class violin playing of Canadian violinist Marie Bérard and will feature music of the great German composers: Mendelsshon’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. To kick off this concert we will feature a lively Canadian work by Violet Archer, Divertimento for Orchestra.

Guest artist: Marie Bérard, violin
Conductor: Claudio Vena
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A Double Reed Christmas

Sunday December 10, 2017 at 3 pm

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Celebrate the season and discover the oft-forgotten concert repertoire of the bassoon, the “joker of the orchestra”, with Fraser Jackson, one of Canada’s leading bassoonists. The concert will open with Canadian composer Harry Freedman’s Accord, then showcase the Weber Bassoon Concerto. Hely-Hutchinson’s Carol Symphony, Vivaldi’s Christmas Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and various Christmas Carols with a local children’s choir will get you into the Christmas spirit!

Guest artists: Fraser Jackson, bassoon, Children’s Choir TBA
Conductor: Claudio Vena
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All the World’s a Stage

Sunday February 18, 2018 at 3 pm

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Our February concert will chase away the winter blues with a nod to the vibrant theatre scene throughout our region. Shaw Festival Artistic Director Tim Carroll will narrate Prokofiev’s masterpiece Peter and the Wolf. The theatre-inspired program includes Mendelsshon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Canadian composer Louis Applebaum’s Three Stratford Fanfares.

Guest artists: Tim Carroll, narrator
Conductor: Claudio Vena
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From Rags to Riches

Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3 pm

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

We close the season with our annual crowd-pleasing Pops concert, featuring iconic Canadian classical crossover pianist Catherine Wilson. We will feature an original work of hers, Sackville Street Ballad as well as the Addinsell Warsaw Concerto, a Bach Piano Concerto, George Gershwin’s Rialto Ripples Rag, Scott Joplin and Leroy Anderson Rags, plus orchestral favourites with Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance and Chanson de Nuit.

Guest artist: Catherine Wilson, piano
Conductor: Claudio Vena
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Past Concerts – this Season

A Drummer’s Paradise

Sunday October 30, 2016, at 3 pm

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

“It is a rare treat to have Canadian percussionist extraordinaire Beverley Johnston join us in this thrilling concert. She brings her talents and skills on marimba and other percussion instruments to a new level, conquering not only the repertoire of her instruments, but also performing staggering versions of famous violin concertos on the marimba. We will also be featuring her multi instrument skill on a Canadian piece Radiantia, by Alice Ho. Included in this programme are an ever-popular work of Brahms & the rhythmically and cinematically evocative Rodeo Suite by Aaron Copland.” – Maestro Claudio Vena

Johannes Brahms — Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Camille Saint-Saëns — Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 2, with Beverley Johnston, marimba
Antonio Vivaldi — Violin Concerto in A Minor, with Beverley Johnston, marimba
Alice Ping Yee Ho — Radiantia, Concerto for Percussion & Orchestra, with Beverley Johnston, drums/percussion
Aaron Copland — Rodeo, 4 Dances
Guest artist: Beverley Johnston, percussion
Conductor: Claudio Vena

French Connection

Sunday December 4, 2016, at 3 pm

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

“Canadian cellist Winona Zelenka has been showcasing her virtuosity with orchestras across Canada and the world. She is joining us for our French-inspired programme, and we are not cutting down on the champagne on this one! This programme will feature the Saint-Saëns cello concerto as well as Beethoven’s 3rd symphony, Eroica, which was originally dedicated to Napoleon. Also, I am excited to share the Carnival Overture by Canadian composer and my composition teacher at the University of Toronto, Oskar Morawetz. I have lots of great stories to share about this brilliant man.” – Maestro Claudio Vena

Oskar Morawetz — Carnival Overture
Camille Saint-Saëns
 — Cello Concerto No.1, Op 33, with Winona Zelenka, cello
Ludwig Van Beethoven
 — Symphony No.3, Op. 55, EROICA 
Guest artist: Winona Zelenka, cello
Conductor: Claudio Vena

Romance & Passion that Rocks your Soul

Sunday February 19, 2017, at 3 pm

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

“Singer songwriter and pop icon Alfie Zappacosta will be premiering an entirely new symphonic show with Symphony on The Bay. I have had the pleasure of working with Alfie since the late 90s, when he contacted me to do the arrangements on his CD, Dark Sided Jewel. Since then, I have toured across Canada and into the US with Alfie and all I can say is that like a fine wine, he only gets better with age. This programme will feature all of his greatest hits along with incredible stories of life in the pop world. His dedicated fan base is incredible, so I encourage all of you to get your tickets early to reserve your spot for this show” – Maestro Claudio Vena

Overture to La Gazza Ladra — Rossini
Leonard Cohen Suite — Leonard Cohen/Claudio Vena

Take This Waltz

Alfie Zappacosta Song Book with Orchestra — with Alfie Zappacosta, singer

Richard Rogers, My Funny Valentine
Start Again
Nothing Can Stand In Your Way
And we’ll Dance
When I Fall In Love
Irving Berlin, What’ll I do
Me and Mrs Jones
Tu Si Na Cosa Grande Per Me
We should be Lovers
Chloe You Thief
Crescent Moon Tattoo
Hills of San Sebastian
I’ll be the One
Next to You

Guest artist: Alfie Zappacosta, singer
Conductor: Claudio Vena

Rising Stars

Sunday April 2, 2017, at 3 pm

Melrose United Church, 86 Homewood Avenue, Hamilton

This concert will showcase the winners of our annual Young Artists’ Competition.

Offenbach — Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
Wieniawski — Polonaise de Concert for Violin, with Joanna Gorska
Beethoven — Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, 1st movement, with Lindsay Bui
Telemann — Concerto for 3 trumpets, with the Blundell Trio
Jules Conus — Violin Concerto, with Hannah Corbett
Puccini — Musetta’s Waltz from La Boheme, with Kari Abraham, lyric soprano
Bizet — Michaela’s Aria from Carmen, with Kari Abraham, lyric soprano
BizetCarmen Suite No. 1

Guest artists: Winners of our Young Artists’ Competition
Junior winners: Aled, Maslin & Matisse Blundell, trumpets.
Senior Winner: Joanna Gorska, violin.
Junior Runner-ups: Hannah Corbett, violinLindsay Bui, piano.
Senior runner-up: Kari Abrahamlyric soprano.

Conductor: Claudio Vena

An Evening at the Proms

Sunday May 14, 2017, at 3 pm

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

“Proms is short for promenade concert, a term which originally referred to outdoor concerts in London’s pleasure gardens. During these concerts the audience was free to stroll while the orchestra was playing usually a lighter and more popular repertoire. This season we will have star of the stage and television, Robert Pilon & Friends. Robert has been the lead in the Toronto productions of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. This programme features songs from musicals across the globe as well as some amazing standards. Please join us in celebrating this SOTB tradition.” – Maestro Claudio Vena

G. Verdi — La Forza Del Destino Overture
M. Hamlisch — One, from A Chorus Line, arr C. Vena, with Robert Pilon soloist
Elton John — Circle of Life, arr C. Vena, with Robert Pilon soloist, Laura Secord Concert Choir
Boublil & Schönberg — Bring Him Home, from Les Misérables, with Robert Pilon soloist
Gilbert & Sullivan — H.M.S. Pinafore Overture
Norman & Simon — Hold On from The Secret Garden, arr. C. Vena, with Robert Pilon soloist, Laura Secord Concert Choir
Hill & Sinfield — Call The Man, arr. C. Vena, with Robert Pilon soloist, Laura Secord Concert Choir
O. Nicolai — The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture
Løvland & Graham — You Raise Me Up, arr. C. Vena, with Robert Pilon soloist, Laura Secord Concert Choir
Gershwin — Strike Up Gershwin, arr. C. Vena, with Robert Pilon soloist
Traditional — Danny Boy, arr. C. Vena, with Robert Pilon soloist
E. Elgar — Pomp and Circumstance No. 1, with Laura Secord Concert Choir
Ann Hampton Callaway — At The Same Time, arr. C. Vena, with Robert Pilon soloist, Laura Secord Concert Choir
A.L. Webber — Music of the Night, from Phantom of The Opera, with Robert Pilon soloist
Arne — Rule Britannia, with Robert Pilon soloist, Laura Secord Concert Choir

Guest artists: Robert Pilon tenor, Laura Secord Secondary School Concert Choir

Conductor: Claudio Vena


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