HAMILTON, ON – Members of the HPO strings section take the stage for our third broadcast concert of the 20-21 Season, Reflections from Russia. Curated by Music Director Gemma New in close collaboration with featured musicians, this concert features works written by Russian composers during the Cold War as highlights.

This one-hour performance features moving performances of deeply emotional works recorded at McMaster University’s L.R. Wilson Hall and produced in collaboration with our media partners at Hamilton-based Banko Media.

Featured musicians include Bethany Bergman, violin; Suhashini Arulanandam, violin; Stephen Sitarski, violin; Cecilia Chang, violin; Chau Luk, viola; and Laura Jones, cello. Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins displays the expressive potential of the instrument, using the range of the violin’s palette. Written during Stalin’s repressive regime, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 serves as a powerful autobiographical work expressing the composer’s emotional state at the time it was composed. This concert also features contemporary works Darshan by composer Reena Esmail and Vincent Ho’s Morning Song.

Reflections from Russia is available to view on the HPO’s online concert platform Viola for 30 days beginning November 14 at 7:30pm. Reflections from Russia accesscan be purchased as a single broadcast or as part of a Flex Five subscription package. Ticket purchasers will also have access to the the Inside the Music: Pre-Concert Talk hosted by Abigail Richardson-Schulte beginning Friday, November 13 at 7:30pm.

Reflections from Russia
Premieres November 14 2020 at 7:30pm
Available until December 13, 2020 at 7:30pm

Single broadcast: $27
Flex Five Subscription Package: $249
Tickets are available online: https://www.hpo.org/reflections-from-russia/

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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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