Happy Hour with the HPO

35 pictures that sum up a pretty fantastic 2013-14 Season!

The 2013-14 season was a special year for the HPO. We hosted the circus, mixed beatboxing with classical music and said farewell to Maestro James Sommerville to name a few memorable moments…but before we launch into a thrilling new concert season, take a look back at some of these amazing memories from last year.

 

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Young Patrons Circle Highlights

Young Patrons Circle members get their photos taken backstage with Cirque artists during intermission, March 2014.

Young Patrons Circle members get their photos taken backstage with Cirque artists during intermission, March 2014.

The month of June is a time of transition for a lot of people – we graduate, travel the world and experience new things. As we prepare to kick off our Young Patrons Circle program for the 2014-15 season, starting with our Patio Party this Thursday, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable moments from last year.

The 2013-14 season began with Great Romantics which featured  romantic genre gurus Brahms and Rachmaninoff. YPC members had the opportunity to meet guest musician and pianist Jon Kimura Parker at the Tapas Lounge after party.

Following The Four Seasons in November, members got a backstage tour and meet and greet with musicians.

Happy Hour with the HPO featured the HPO Brass and Hachey the MouthPEACE at the Baltimore House, March 2014.

Happy Hour with the HPO featured the HPO Brass and Hachey the MouthPEACE at the Baltimore House, March 2014.

The HPO  certainly became a circus at Cirque de la Symphonie where Young Patrsons Circle members had the chance to have their photos taken with our acrobats. They even stopped by the after party to chat with some of our young patrons!

There was Happy Hour with the HPO featuring Hachey the MouthPEACE at the Baltimore House where young professionals swung by after work for libations beat-boxing and brass duo.

Our first Music Director Candidate Gemma New introduced herself to the YPC crowd at the after party on her night as guest conductor at Pastorale.

Our composer in residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte and two Young Patrons Circle members at our Gala, May 2014.

Our composer in residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte and two Young Patrons Circle members at our Gala, May 2014.

The HPO’s first annual gala, An Evening with James Sommerville, was held in honour of departing Music Director Jamie. Guests enjoyed performances by the Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra, soloist Paula Arciniega, and the HPO Wind Trio.

We look forward to beginning the highlight reel for the our 2014-15 Young Patrons Circle program and meeting new friends along the way.  The summer kicks off with the hpoGO Summer Patio Party happening this Thursday, June 26 at Radius. Be sure to catch a live performance of HPO violinist and violist duet and an up close and personal look at their string instruments.

 

 

Reliving the Rhythm: Beatboxer Shodekeh and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

We’re in a beatbox/orchestra kind of mood after last night’s funky collaboration between HPO Brass musicians and Hachey the MouthPEACE.

In 2010, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra explored the same sound combination with their musicians and Baltimore based beatboxer Shodekeh. This unique union of sounds was brought together as the BSO and Shodekeh performed Steve Reich’s Clapping Music and Fujiko’s Fairy Tale.

Check out some of these cool rhythms from Shodekeh and the BSO:

Brass & Beatboxing: Happy Hour w/ the HPO

Beatbox.  Orchestra.  Hip-hop artist.  Symphony musician.  It’s not everyday that these things are talked about in the same sentence.  And it’s certainly not everyday these two types of artists perform together.

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Jason Hachey aka Hachey the MouthPEACE

On Thursday, March 13, the HPO Brass are teaming up with Hachey the MouthPEACE for an innovative and unique concert experience at the Baltimore House, one of Hamilton’s best local music clubs.

This isn’t the first time your HPO musicians have worked with the local beatboxer.  Their performance on the Dr. Disc stage at Supercrawl 2013 attracted hundreds of viewers and was called “curiously sublime” by The Spec’s Graham Rockingham.

Hachey the MouthPEACE, aka Jason Hachey, is no stranger to collaborating with other artists, and has worked with various hip-hop, folk and alternative artists over his 13-year beatboxing career.  But last year’s Supercrawl performance was his first time performing with a classical brass quintet. “For me, [Supercrawl] was exactly how I wanted it to be.  It was mission complete…people are still talking about it,” says Hachey.

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Michael Fedyshyn, HPO Principal Trumpet

The experience was also a first for HPO musicians Michael Fedyshyn (trumpet), Mary Jay (trumpet), Neil Spaulding (horn), David Pell (trombone) and Mark Bonang (tuba), who were impressed with the skill and musicality Hachey possessed on his instrument.

So what can guests expect from Thursday nights Happy Hour with the HPO?  “Expect something new you probably haven’t heard before and are definitely going to enjoy,” says Hachey.  Even though the two genres are on seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum, “in the end it’s all music, and it’s all emotion,” he says.  “Prepare to be blown away.”

Hachey the MouthPEACE is keeping a busy schedule over the next few months including representing the beatboxing community at Harbourfront’s Body Percussion Festival on March 30 and has a recording and tour to Japan in the works.  So what are his thoughts on future collaborations with symphony orchestras?  “I’d love to play with the whole orchestra,” he says.

Admission is $15 in advance so save some money and get tickets online here

So join the HPO Brass and Hachey the MouthPEACE us this Thursday.  The bar opens at 5:30 and music starts at 6pm, with multiple sets throughout the night.  Great drinks and atmosphere are courtesy of Baltimore House, and a one-of-a-kind music experience by the HPO and special guest Hachey the MouthPEACE.

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Here’s a preview on what Hachey the MouthPEACE is capable of…