November 13 - 7:30PM
FirstOntario Concert Hall

Beethoven’s Eighth 

Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra


All guests 12 years of age and older, employees and event staff will be required to provide proof of full vaccination.

Attendees must present a government-issued photo ID and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, meaning the full series of a Government of Canada accepted COVID-19 vaccine or combination of accepted vaccines, received at least 14 days prior to the day of the concert.

Proof of full vaccination includes documentation issued by the public health authority that administered the vaccine, such as:

Please reference the Government of Canada’s website for a list of currently accepted COVID-19 vaccines. 

For those not fully vaccinated due to human rights exemption: A negative COVID-19 test result (PCR or antigen) from a healthcare provider taken within 48 hours of the concert’s scheduled start time must be presented. Self-administered at-home tests will not be accepted. There is no COVID-19 testing on-site. Please contact us prior to the concert.

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Stephen Sitarski, Conductor   

Lawrence Wiliford, Tenor   

Jessie Brooks, Horn   


Bruckner: Three Pieces for Orchestra    

Andrew Balfour: Kiwetin-acahcos (North Star)   

Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings   

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8         


Concertmaster Stephen Sitarski takes the stage as guest conductor, presenting works that evoke the beauty of nightfall. Canadian tenor Lawrence Wiliford joins Principal Horn Jessie Brooks to perform Britten’s Serenade, a setting of poems on the calm and mystery of night. Following the dazzling melodies of Bruckner’s Three Pieces for Orchestra, Andrew Balfour’s Kiwetin-Acohkos draws on the stars and northern lights for inspiration. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 offers energy and invention, closing the evening with the composer’s light-hearted side.