For the first time ever in the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s leading edge Intimate & Immersive series, all five of the featured composers will be present for the “Undreaming Sleep’s Bright Land” concert conducted by HPO music director Gemma New on Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in The Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave. N.
About Intimate & Immersive concert program:
The concert will open with Robert Rival’s whimsical “Scherzo for Chamber Orchestra.” Composed in 2010, Rival suggested the optional subtitle “Crème brûlée” after a listener had remarked that the original version for nine instruments made him think of tiramisu. “I like the analogy,” stated Rival in his program notes. “But I think it sounds more like crême brûlée: hard and crunchy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside.”
Two works on the program were commissioned and premiered by Alex Pauk’s Toronto-based Esprit Orchestra. Roydon Tse’s 2022 “Mobilize,” a composition inspired by the 2019 Hong Kong protests, was premiered yesterday.
“As within, so without,” a piece by former HPO marketing and communications manager Christina Volpini, received its premiere in 2019. Volpini used the first 20 bars of Ravel’s “Pavane pour une infante défunte” as a jumping off point for her organic sonic exploration.
“Variations for Chamber Orchestra” by Scott Good, composer-in-residence at London Symphonia, is a five-movement journey through the age-old theme and variations format, here overflowing with timbral felicities.
Rounding out the bill is Ancaster-raised Adam Scime’s 2012 musical dreamscape, “Undreaming Sleep’s Bright Land,” whence the concert’s title.
Intimate & Immersive:
Undreaming Sleep’s Bright Land
Thursday, May 4 at 7:30pm
The Cotton Factory (270 Sherman Avenue North)
General Admission $43.55 (includes taxes and fees