Release Date: February 16, 2016

Hamilton, Ontario – Back by popular demand! The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to present Cirque de la Symphonie on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30pm at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place). Conducted by Music Director Gemma New, this program features acrobats, aerialists, contortionists and strongmen as they take to the stage – or above it – and move to the beautiful sounds of the HPO.

Following sold-out performances worldwide, Cirque de la Symphonie returns to Hamilton with a concert of classical favourites including Tchaikovsky Valse from Sleeping Beauty, excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen including “Les Toreadors,” Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and many more.

One of the most exciting and promising young conductors, Gemma New, was announced as the HPO’s newest Music Director in 2015, and is also Associate Conductor at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and founder/director of the Lunar Ensemble, a new music collective based in Baltimore, Maryland. In the 2014-15 Season she was the recipient of the prestigious Dudamel Fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Cirque de la Symphonie features the greatest hits of music from classic and well-loved ballets as well as the symphonic world. Enjoy masterpieces from Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Dvorak, Williams, Wagner and more. A full list of repertoire for this concert can be found online at Audiences will be transfixed by this stellar program of well-known music along with the fantastic visuals of the circus performers.

Ticket Information
Single tickets
for Cirque de la Symphonie are $23 to $67 (plus applicable taxes and fees) and children’s tickets (age 5 to 13) are only $10 (plus applicable taxes and fees). Tickets are available online at, by calling 905.526.7756 or in person at the HPO Box Office in FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) at 10 MacNab Street South or FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) Box Office the evening of the concert.

Special hpoGO tickets for the under 35 crowd are $17 (plus applicable taxes and fees) and can be purchased online, over the phone, or in person.  To receive special discounts and invitations to exclusive events, under 35 patrons can sign up for the hpoGO enewsletter online at

HPO at the Library
In partnership with the Hamilton Public Library, this FREE program features HPO musicians and guest artists in an intimate community setting.

Friday, March 11, 12:45pm
Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library (55 York Blvd.)


Media Contact:
Diana Weir, Director of Communications and Development | Tel: 905.526.1677 x230 | Email: dweir@hpo.or

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1884 as The Hamilton Orchestral Society and grew to become one of Canada’s major professional orchestras. Today, the HPO is a leader in Hamilton’s robust arts community where it provides professional orchestral services and music education programs to address the needs of the community. The HPO continues to commission and premiere works and is one of the artistic jewels of the Hamilton area. The combined musical talents of its artists continue to enrich the community.