February 21, 2024 – The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) is proud to present Barber, Copland & Raum on Saturday March 23 at FirstOntario Concert Hall. This mainstage concert will be conducted by Montreal-based Canadian, Jean-Marie Zeitouni and features Canadian, Erika Raum on the violin, performing her mother, Elizabeth Raum’s Violin Concerto. This concert is the concluding event in our 2024 Composer Festival featuring North American Composers. 
The HPO’s North American Composer Festival takes a deep dive into the world of composers, exploring the historical context and cultural influences of some of the biggest names in Western classical Music. The festival features free and ticketed musical events and talks across the city of Hamilton, highlighting the life, music and influence of North American composers and how their artistic impacts helped shape the musical landscape. Favourite events of previous festivals like the Community Recital and Musical Storytelling return, hosted by HPO’s Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte and see our Brass Quintet live at Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. for our highly anticipated Happy Hour

Praised by Muzsika Magazine, Budapest, for her “lively temperament, energetic individuality and warm and communicative tone,” Erika Raum defines musical excellence in her playing. From a young age, Raum’s talent propelled her to astounding heights. She’s graced stages across Europe, from Portugal to Austria and throughout Sweden, Germany, England, Italy, Poland and France. Within Canada, Erika has enchanted crowds from coast to coast in recital, chamber and concerto performances.  

Raum is a founding member of the ARC Ensemble. ARC is a chamber group specializing in the rediscovery of great 20th century composers and their music, with an emphasis on those whose lives were interrupted or lost during the Holocaust. They have released ten successful recordings, two of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. Her other recordings include a partnership with renowned pianist Anton Kuerti. She also recorded the Brahms Horn Trio and premiered Pantheon, a piece by esteemed composer (and mother), Elizabeth Raum, on the Arktos label. 

Leading the concert, we are pleased to welcome guest conductor and Music Director candidate, Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Zeitouni is renowned for his expressive and eloquent style in a repertoire that ranges from baroque to contemporary music. Over the years, Jean-Marie Zeitouni has been Artistic Director of the I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra (2011-2021), Musical Director of the Colorado Music Festival (2014-2019), the Columbus Symphony (2010-2015) and the opera program at the Banff Center (2005-2007), Artistic Partner of the Edmonton Symphony, Assistant Conductor and Chorus Director at the Opéra de Montréal as well as Musical Director of their Atelier lyrique, Chorus Director at the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and at the Opéra de Québec and Musical Director of the orchestra and of the opera workshop at Laval University. 

In his 12 years of collaboration with Les Violons du Roy, he held the positions of conductor in residence, assistant conductor and principal guest conductor. Since 2022, he has been conducting the Orchestre symphonique du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal as well as the orchestra conducting class. Highly sought after as a conductor of both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Zeitouni regularly conducts in Europe and across America. 

As part of concert week on Friday, March 22 at 11AM, get closer to the orchestra and the stories behind the music at Talk & Tea: Copland and Barber. Enjoy light refreshments while host, Abigail Richardson-Schulte dives into the lives and music of contemporary composers Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland before a behind-the-scenes look at an HPO rehearsal with guest conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni. 

Barber, Raum & Copland
March 23, 2024 at 7:30PM  

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Conductor 
Erika Raum, Violin


  • Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings 
  • Elizabeth Raum, Violin Concerto 
  • T. Patrick Carrabré, Chase the Sun 
  • Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring Suite 

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About the HPO: For over a century, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra has presented orchestral music and education programs with a mission to enrich the wellbeing of the greater Hamilton region. Music Director Gemma New and the professional musicians of the HPO present dynamic orchestral performances ranging from standard classical repertoire to popular music and world premieres by living composers. As one of Canada’s leading professional orchestras, the HPO has proudly contributed to the shaping of Hamilton’s cultural landscape and continues to uphold values of high calibre, inclusive and accessible orchestral music and education for all. 

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