The Performance

Take a musical journey with your HPO to a romantic evening in Paris. Principal Flute Leslie Newman is soloist on Ibert’s brilliant and virtuosic Flute Concerto, a work known for its texture and intricacies. Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte brings delicate warmth, while Montreal-born composer Samy Moussa’s Polarlicht: Etude No. 2 for orchestra sets a colourful and dramatic scene of the Northern Lights. The orchestra premieres a new work by 21-22 HPO Composer Fellow Jesse Plessis. Audiences will recognize the grand melodies of Mozart’s 31st symphony, inspired by Parisian life and architecture.

Join us for the Inside the Music: Pre-Concert talk with Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte beginning at 6:30pm in the Great Hall!

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Online Viewing is available for this concert.

Thank you to Alan and Marlies Clark for supporting this concert.

Click on the artists’ photos below to read their biographies.


Concert Program

  • Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • Samy Moussa: Polarlicht: Etude No. 2 for orchestra*        
  • Ibert: Flute Concerto
  • Jesse Plessis: Forma Divina**
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 31, “Paris”

*Canadian Composition
**HPO 21-22 Composer Fellow