HAMILTON, ON – Music Director Gemma New conducts Dragon Unfolding, the next concert in our contemporary music series Intimate & Immersive, on Sunday, June 26 at 6:30pm at the Studio at FirstOntario Concert Hall. The performance is accompanied by brilliant video installations from Hamilton artist Andrew O’Connor. First introduced in 2017, the Intimate & Immersive series allows concertgoers to discover new works, and perhaps some new favourites, in an experiential, multidisciplinary space.  

Paul Frenher’s Voluptuous Panic imitates the thrill of rollercoasters and fast cars while Juliet Palmer’s Foundry explores the sounds of metal transforming. Dragon Unfolding, composed by Kelly-Marie Murphy, portrays the drama of an origami dragon rising and taking flight. Luis Ramirez’s new work Koatl evokes an Aztec deity emerging from an ancient temple. The flow of water over Webster’s Falls inspires Abigail Richardson Schulte’s Downstream, while Jordan Pal’s On the Double offers a bright conclusion to the evening. 

“We take great pride in this opportunity to connect contemporary composers and their music to eager, audiences here in Hamilton,” says Music Director Gemma New. “Creating dedicated spaces for contemporary music is a crucial part of any thriving orchestral scene where today’s composers can shape their voices and legacies within this new generation of music.” 

This interactive concert gives new audiences an opportunity to experience the HPO in a unique, casual environment with an opportunity to mingle with featured composers after the performance. This concert will have a short intermission and concessions will be available. We ask all patrons to please wear a mask while at the event.  

Dragon Unfolding 

Sunday, June 26 at 7:30pm 

The Cotton Factory 
270 Sherman Avenue North 

Hamilton, ON, L8L 6N4 

Live Performance Only 

Get tickets at hpo.org 

Paul Frehner: Voluptuous Panic 

Juliet Palmer: Foundry 

Luis Ramirez*: Koatl 

Abigail Richardson-Schulte: Downstream 

Kelly Marie Murphy: Dragon Unfolding 

Jordan Pal: On the Double: Concert Overture 

*19-20 Composer Fellow 

Published June 9, 2022