HAMILTON – The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to share the line-up of Hamilton-based performers joining us for Come Together! HPO Performs the Beatles at FirstOntario Concert Hall on February 11. Some of these performers are also joining HPO at The Westdale theatre on January 27 to give a sneak peek of our upcoming Beatles concert. 
Hamilton’s own Darcy Hepner is the conductor and arranger of this concert, which was performed by the HPO in 2017 (A Hamilton Beatles Experience) and again in 2019 (From the Beatles, with Love). The show’s arrangements and concert listing evolve ahead of each time it is performed, and this year’s version brings new orchestral surprises for our audience. 

We have incredible Hamilton-based guest artists joining us again, including legendary guitarist Bill Dillon. Juno award-winning singer-songwriter Ian Thomas is back this year, as well as highly accomplished singer-songwriters/musicians Jamie Oakes and Jay Gordon Wright. Thompson Wilson, another successful songwriter and son of Hamiltonian Tom Wilson, will perform in our Beatles concert for the first time! We are also excited to welcome band members Dusty Micale on keyboards, Paul Intson on bass, Steve Heathcote on drums. 

On Friday, January 27, we have an exciting event with The Westdale called ‘A Hard Day’s Night with the HPO’. The night starts with a concert of Beatles works, introduced by Darcy Hepner and performed by guitarist Bill Dillon, singers Jamie Oakes and Jay Gordon Wright, and the HPO String Quartet at 7pm. This is followed by a screening of The Beatles’ 1964 musical comedyA Hard Day’s Night at 8pm. 

Rave reviews from our 2019 Beatles concert with Darcy Hepner: 

“We thoroughly enjoyed the concert and are very proud of the amazing talent in our city!” 
“It was a great concert. Darcy Hepner is a Hamilton treasure as are the soloists.” 
“Great concert, high energy with talented local musicians. I have enjoyed it immensely, especially the music arrangements. Thank you for the fabulous evening!” 

Event Listing: 
A Hard Day’s Night with the HPO 
Friday, January 27 at 7pm 
The Westdale  
1014 King St W, Hamilton, ON 
Tickets: $23
Come Together! HPO Performs the Beatles 
Saturday, February 11 at 7:30pm 
FirstOntario Concert Hall 
1 Summers Lane, Hamilton 
Tickets: $23.50-$83.50 


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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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Published January 17, 2023