HAMILTON, ON – HPO Music Director Gemma New revisits performances of works in our 20-21 Season with composers and HPO musicians in a new limited video series hosted on YouTube, In Conversation with Gemma New. In this series, Gemma and featured guests provide insight into the creation and interpretation of the pieces featured in the HPO’s online concerts, sharing their inspiration and artistic process.

The first installment in this series features Gemma in conversation with HPO Principal Flute Leslie Newman and Iranian-Canadian composer Iman Habibi. In this video Gemma leads a conversation about Iman’s work, Surge for solo flute, which was given its Canadian premiere by Leslie during the HPO online concert Whimsical Woodwinds, which premiered in October 2020.

Future episodes in this limited series feature guests including composers Vincent Ho and Juliet Palmer, and HPO Principal Second Violin Bethany Bergman. This limited series is an opportunity for HPO audiences to connect with Gemma New and learn more about how the HPO’s first online season came together and the living composers whose work is featured.


In Conversation with Gemma New Limited Series

Episode One
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Principal Flute Leslie Newman and Composer Iman Habibi discuss Surge for solo flute

Episode Two
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Principal Second Violin Bethany Bergman and Composer Vincent Ho discuss Morning Song for solo violin

Episode Three
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Composer Juliet Palmer discusses her work fire break

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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 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 and enhance the quality of life for its residents.


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