Following a successful term of in-person rehearsals, the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra performs their first live concert in more than two years on June 18 at McMaster University’s L.R. Wilson Hall. Led by guest conductor Jeffrey Pollock, this performance highlights the talent and dedication of our community’s youth musicians.  

The concert features performances from both the HPYO Philharmonic Orchestra and the Concert Orchestra as well as the Philharmonic Woodwinds and Combined Strings. The concert opens with the Combined Strings performing Florence Price’s Adoration before the Concert Orchestra takes the stage beginning with Two South American Tangos, arranged by Merle Isaac. The Philharmonic Orchestra begins with William Grant Still’s Danzas de Panama and continues with works including Rossini’s Overture to Il Signor Bruschino and Aaron Copeland’s Down a Country Lane. The Philharmonic Orchestra is made up of more experienced youth musicians, while the Concert Orchestra supports youth earlier in their music education. Guest conductor Jeffrey Pollock directed musical selections for this performance. Pollock has conducted orchestras across North America and is the current Music Director of Sinfonia Ancaster.  

Tickets for this performance are $10 plus tax and fees. Seating in L.R. Wilson Concert Hall is general admission. Health and safety protocols follow those of McMaster University, masks are not required, but are strongly encouraged.  

HPYO Spring Concert 
June 18 at 2pm 
L.R. Wilson Hall, McMaster University 
Tickets: $10 +HST 

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About the HPYO: The Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (HPYO) is the foremost student-based symphony orchestra in the Greater Hamilton Region and is the flagship education program of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Founded by Glenn Mallory in 1965, the HPYO has given the joy of orchestral music to hundreds of young people and has delighted thousands of audience members. Graduates of the orchestra are involved in professional and community orchestras across Canada, in the United States and in Europe.   

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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