Symphony on the Bay (Greater Hamilton Symphony Association) – $12,500 (Larger Grant)

Canada Day 2017: A Symphonic Celebration of Canada and its Music

This grant supports the SOTB’s role in the City of Burlington’s Canada Day 2017-Canada 150 Celebration. The SOTB music director, Claudio Vena, will write arrangements of traditional Canadian folk songs and popular songs for symphony orchestra and guest soloists. Maestro Vena will navigate our rich musical history from pre-Confederation Voyageur songs such as V’la l’bon vent to contemporary Canadian Classics from the song books of artists like Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot. For this project they have also been granted access to a private historical library of music which includes the rarely performed “Burlington Polka” and other Confederation period military brass band pieces. This project will allow Burlington to celebrate the rich history of local and national artists and create a lasting book of symphonic arrangements that can be performed by amateur and professional organizations. The successful completion of this project also has significant impact on the Canadian music scene because symphonic arrangements are costly to produce and Canadian artistic works are underrepresented in the existing book of orchestral arrangements.

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