HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) is thrilled to announce a new and different way to experience the HPO this season. On Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30pm at The Studio (FirstOntario Concert Hall, 1 Summers Lane). Music Director Gemma New introduces audiences to an interactive orchestral experience with the experimental new concert experience, HPO Live: Intimate & Immersive. The event blends the emotion of HPO musicians in a moving program with a stimulating visual and light display to enhance the entire experience.

“The event is designed for an audience that doesn’t necessarily know a lot about the music, but are open to being presented with information that brings them to a greater appreciation of the music,” says Music Director Gemma New of the new concert format. “It combines music, values and dialogue – the visuals support the mood, the music and the surroundings, and the dialogue offers insight into the character of each piece. We want the audience to feel they have heard a variety of styles and music ensembles over the evening.”

HPO Live opens with a set by local band and former HPO Indie Series collaborator Illitry. Headed by Hamilton Arts Award winner Troy Withrow, Illitry’s style of ambient and electronic music fit well with the experimental and immersive mood of the evening.

Audiences find themselves immersed in the music through engaging visuals and dialogue while experiencing the music close-up in non-traditional concert seating scattered throughout The Studio Theatre.

Supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, this interactive concert is one of two events scheduled for 2017, and gives new audiences an opportunity to experience the HPO in a unique, casual environment. Concertgoers can mingle, enjoy a drink and speak with the Conductor and musicians throughout the evening at this unique event that brings the orchestral experience to a new audience.

Ticket Information

HPO Live: Intimate & Immersive
Wednesday, May 17
Doors and bar open at 6:30pm
Music begins at 7:30pm
The Studio (FirstOntario Concert Hall, 1 Summer Lane)

Tickets are $25 (plus HST) and can be purchased online at staginghpo.wpengine.com, by calling 905.526.7756 at the HPO Box Office in Hamilton Place at 10 MacNab Street South.

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About the HPO: 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 premier works and is one of the artistic jewels of the Hamilton area. The combined musical talents of its artists continue to enrich the community and enhance the quality of life for its residents.

Media Contacts:

Kim Varian
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Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
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Diana Weir
Executive Director
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
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