Do you have your tickets to the 2014-15 Season finale? Here are 10 reasons you should attend James Sommerville in Concert this Saturday. If you already have your tickets, then here are 10 reasons you made the right choice.

  1. James Sommerville is back! As the HPO’s previous Music Director for seven seasons, it’s exciting to have Jamie return and perform double duty as both conductor and soloist.
  1. Hear Jamie perform as soloist in Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4. His recordings of the Mozart Horn Concertos won a JUNO Award for Best Classical Recording in Canada and this is a piece you won’t want to miss!
  1. Have you heard about Schubert’s mysterious Unfinished Symphony? Nearly two centuries of speculation centres around the question: Did Schubert believe his two-movement work to be a complete symphony? Perhaps there were external factors that resulted in his unfinished work. We can’t ignore that there is no return to the traditional key – a gesture that signaled completion to composers and audiences of the day. Enjoy this mysterious piece played by your HPO and decide for yourself what really happened.If #2 and #3 interest you, learn more about the music for this concert in our Program Notes.
  1. Contrary to what most people think, attending the symphony is very affordable. Ticket prices range from only $10-$67.
  2. The venue. FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) Theatre is an internationally acclaimed theatre with a reputation for outstanding acoustics. Come witness this beautiful space and experience the superb sound throughout. It’s also the perfect setting to meet other people who love music.

    The view of FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) from the seat of a musician.
    The view of FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) from the seat of a musician.
  1. Attending a live orchestra is something that satisfies and excites your senses. Ideal for the perfect date, whether it may be family, friends, or that special someone, this event will bring about a meaningful experience for all.
  1. Get dressed up (or wear jeans if you prefer!), head out for the evening to watch and listen to incredible music before your eyes. When the orchestra begins, those goosebumps will surely arise.
  1. Try something new. It’s fun to be adventurous and to be a tourist in your own city. Share your experience with your friends on Facebook and Twitter! #BeJealous #Incredible #HPOmusic

    Concertmaster Stephen Sitarski
    Concertmaster Stephen Sitarski
  1. HPO musicians have been working with their instruments since a very young age. This group of talented artists, with an enormous amount of experience, is something worth watching. Come out to see their life’s work play out before your eyes and ears.
  1. Support your community. Hamilton has a bustling arts community, rich in music, visual arts, theatre and more. This is an exciting time for Hamilton and the HPO is here to play!