Past Events

October 5th – HCA Piano Series presents Till Fellner – 8:00pm

October 17th – Chamber Music Hamilton presents Trio Con Brio Copenhagen – 2:00pm

October 17th – Guitar Hamilton – 2:00pm

October 25th – Royal Winnepeg Ballet School Auditons – 8:00am-2:00pm

November 14th – Chamber Music Hamilton presents Trio Desiree – 2:00pm

December 5th – HCA Piano Series presents Boris Krajny – 2:00pm

January 15th – Chamber Music Hamilton presents Quatuor Diotima – 8:00pm

January 23rd – HCA Piano Series presents Alexei Gulenco – 2:00pm

February 13th – HCA Piano Series presents Valerie Tryon – 2:00pm

February 20th – Guitar Hamilton presents Soloduo – 7:00pm

March 4th – Beatriz Boizan Concert – 7:00pm

March 18th – Guitar Hamilton – 7:00pm

March 27th – Chamber Music Hamilton presents Lafayette String Quartet – 2:00pm

May 8th – Chamber Music Hamilton presents Quatuor Molinari – 2:00pm

Continental Drift
Saturday, August 22 2009
A Fundraiser Event Hosted in the Home of Ilona and Hugh Overlooking the Hamilton Bay

Appetizers inspired by the Seven Continents / Wine / Vodka Samples / Cash Bar Silent Auction / Baywatch Spectacle / Special Guest Artists / Summer Chic Attire Live Music

HCA Dance Theatre would like to invite you to join us for “Continental Drift”, a spectacular fundraising event in support of our Harbourfront production of Displacement. Help us celebrate the growth of professional dance in Hamilton with an inspiring evening. All profits support bringing Displacement to Toronto’s  Harbourfront Centre as part of the Next Steps Dance Series.

Displacement is a dance show like no other, and Continental Drift is a fundraiser like no other. Your generous support will help to bring HCA Dance Theatre to the forefront of modern dance in Canada. Set sail with us, our journey begins here.

HCA Piano Series

Michael Lewin
March 25, 2012
Michael Lewin is internationally applauded as one of America’s most abundantly gifted and charismatic concert pianists, performing to acclaim in over 30 countries with orchestras and in recital.

Recognized as a master interpreter of Liszt, Mr. Lewin will be performing that composer’s music around the world in 2011 to commemorate his 200th birthday. He will also be making his second recording for Dorian, entitled “Ghosts & Goblins.”Highlights of Mr. Lewin’s 2009-2010 season included his London recital debut at Wigmore Hall (in an all-Griffes program) followed by a recitalat Oxford University. He also toured China playing the Liszt PianoConcerto No.1 with the Beijing National Radio and Television Orchestra.

Commanding a repertoire of 40 piano concertos, Michael Lewin’s orchestral engagements include the Netherlands Philharmonic, Moscow Chamber Orchestra Mongolia State Opera Orchestra, Cairo Symphony, Bucharest ‘Enescu’ Philharmonic, Beijing National Radio Orchestra, Filharmonica de Guadalajara, the Thessaloniki StateSymphony of Greece, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Symphonies of Phoenix, Indianapolis, Miami, Colorado, Nevada, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, Illinois, North Carolina, Sinfonia da Camera, the Jupiter Symphony, and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.

Michael Lewin’s discography has received extraordinary critical praise, and reflects the great scope of his musical interests and personality. His newest release is “If I Were a Bird,”  aselection of 20 bird-themed pieces. Bamboula!, piano music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, was a “Year’s Top 10 Pick” by the Boston Herald. His Naxos releases include a best-selling collection of Keyboard Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and the complete piano music of American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes (in two volumes).

Deeply committed to guiding and nurturing gifted young pianists, Michael Lewin is one of America’s most sought-after teachers. He is on the Piano Faculty ofThe Boston Conservatory where he is also Artistic Director of the Piano Masters Series, and Visiting Artist at Boston University. A native of New York, he studied at the Juilliard School. His teachersi ncluded Leon Fleisher, Irwin Freundlich, Adele Marcus, and Yvonne Lefebure.

Liszt and his Circle Celebrating the 200th Birthday Year of Composer Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Prelude in B minor  J.S. Bach- A. Siloti
Vallée d’Obermann  Franz Liszt
Etude in e-flat minor, Op. 10, No.6  Frédéric Chopin
Fugue for Organ in G minor, BWV 542 (“The Great”)  J.S. Bach-Liszt
“Wiosna” (Spring)   Chopin-Liszt
“Le Rossignol” (The Nightingale)   Alabieff- Liszt
“Aug Flügen des Gesanges” (On Wings of Song) Mendelssohn-Liszt
Sonetto del Petrarca No. 123   Franz Liszt
Waltz from Gounod’s “Faust”, Concert Paraphrase  Franz Liszt
Marc Toth
October 9, 2011
Gaining increasing popularity with French, German, Italian and English-speaking audiences for his entertaining and informative Concert-Lecture Series “What is so great about Classical Music?”, Marc Pierre Toth would like it to be known that he did, in fact, abandon a Chemical Engineering scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies at the appropriate time. He has finished a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance after graduating from the Soloist-Class at the world-reknowned Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater in Hannover.

As the 3rd ranked Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition in 2000, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas in Sirmione sul Garda, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc.

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain and others, he has also recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Italy and Russia. Mr. Toth was featured in the “4Beethoven 4” project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra in 2007-08, and the “A Propos Bach” Project in 2008&2009 which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009.

Mr. Toth has also recently begun his Complete Beethoven Cycle in Germany and Canada.

Bach:  Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Liszt: Pilgrim’s Chorus from Tannhaueser; Paganini Etude no.2; Harmonies du Soir; Venezia e Napoli

Andre LaPlante
January 15, 2011
Over the last decade, Canadian pianist André Laplante has firmly established himself as one of the great romantic virtuosos. He garnered international attention after winning prizes at the Geneva and Sydney International Piano Competitions, then capturing the silver medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Critics have compared him with Ashkenazy, Horowitz and Rudolph Serkin, placing him in the elite circle of virtuoso pianists who do not hesitate to take risks.

In 2005, Mr. Laplante was honored to be named an Officer of the Order of Canada. In that same year, he was awarded the Prix Opus for Best Performerof the Year. In 1999, he received two Opus Awards for live
performances: “Best Concert in Montréal” and “Best Concert in Québec Province.” Most recently, in 2010, he received another Prix Opus, this time for Best Concert of the Year.

In recent years, Laplante has appeared as orchestral soloist with the Montréal and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, the Minnesota
Orchestra conducted by Sir Neville Mariner, on tour in Europe with theToronto Symphony under Andrew Davis and with the Royal Philharmonic under the baton of the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin during their extensive NorthAmerican tour.

An active recording artist, he has recorded for CBC and Melodia: his performance of Jacques Hetu’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for CBC Records won the2004 Juno award for orchestral recordings, as well as the Western CanadianMusic Award. His recording of Tchaikovsky No. 1 with Joav Talmiand l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, was nominated for the 2001 Felix Award ; and in 2010 his recording of Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinages awarded a Felix Award for Best Classical Solo Album of the Year.

Debussy: Estampes
Ravel: Oiseaux tristes and La vallée des cloches from Miroirs suite, Sonatine
Liszt: Sonata in B minor

Valerie Tryon
February 12, 2012
VALERIE TRYON’s career as a concert pianist began while she was still a child. Before she was twelve she had broadcast for the BBC and was appearing regularly before the public on the concert platform. She was one of the youngest students ever to be admitted to the Royal Academy of Music where she received the highest award in piano playing and a bursary which took her to Paris for study with Jacques Février.

Her place among Britain’s acknowledged artists was assured when a Cheltenham Festival recital brought her the enthusiastic acclaim of the country’s foremost critics. Since then she has played in most of the major concert halls and appeared with many of the leading orchestras and conductors in Britain. Her career has latterly taken her to North America where she has appeared in such cities as Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Washington, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. She now lives in Canada where she is the Artist-in-Residence at McMaster University, but spends a part of each year in her native Britain.

Her repertoire is enormous and ranges from Bach to contemporary composers; it includes more than sixty concertos and a vast amount of chamber music. Among British composers, both Alun Hoddinott and John McCabe have dedicated works to her. She is well known for her sensitive interpretations of the romantics “” Chopin, Liszt, and Rachmaninov in particular. When the BBC launched its Radio Enterprises record label, some years ago, Valerie Tryon’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Etudes Tableaux, op. 39, was the first classical disc to be released. More recently she has recorded the complete Ballades and Scherzos of Chopin for the CBC’s “Musica Viva” label, which Harold Schonberg of the New York Times described as “the best Chopin recording of the past decade.” Notwithstanding her involvement in the music of the nineteenth century, she retains a deep love of Scarlatti, whose keyboard sonatas she has delighted in playing in public since her childhood and early youth, and to which she remains deeply committed. Likewise, her ongoing series of the complete piano music of Claude Debussy, represents a special passion: she has twice performed this important repertoire in a demanding cycle of five successive recitals.

One of Ms. Tryon’s chief enthusiasms is chamber music. Two of her best-known duo partners in England were Alfredo Campoli (violin) and George Isaac (cello), with both of whom she made a number of significant recordings. Her performance with Isaac of Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata is now considered to be a collector’s item.

Since moving to Canada, Ms. Tryon has performed frequently with cellist Coenraad Bloemendal. Both were members of the Rembrandt Trio with violinist Gerard Kantarjian.

Valerie Tryon has been awarded several distinctions for her services to music. She was an early recipient of the Harriet Cohen Medal. More recently the Liszt Memorial Plaque was bestowed on her by the Hungarian Minister of Culture in recognition of her lifelong promotion of Franz Liszt’s music.

‘Our Love is Here to Stay’;  The Story of the Life and Music of the great American composer, George
Featuring Guest Artists: Janet Obermeyer, Soprano; John Fanning, Barritone
Readers: Aubrey Boothman,  Robert Latimer-Cornell and Jacqui Templeton Muir.

Eric Himy
October 14, 2012
Program: Gershwin in Paris


Gershwin/ Himy: An American in Paris (1928)
Debussy: La plus que lente, valse pour piano (1910) Golliwog’s cakewalk
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (1924) (restored version from original manuscript)
Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin (1924) L’Isle Joyeuse
Chopin: Fantasy Impromptu Opus 66 in c-sharp minor
“Romance” Larghetto from Piano Concert no.1 in e minor (arr Himv)
Mazurka Opus 50 no.2
Polonaise Op.53 in A flat Major “Heroïque”
Liszt: Liebestraume
Hungarian Rhapsody no.2

The New York Times has described pianist Eric Himy’s playing “flawlessly poised, elegant and brilliant.” His compelling artistry has intriguede audiences around the world. His technique has been compared recently by the 2007 Revue Musicale de Suisse Romande to that of the legendary pianist  Vladimir Horowitz and called him ” a sensual gourmand of sound.” He has played to critical acclaim in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and Slovenia. Mr. Himy has been heard most notably at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, The Frick Collection, The Phillips Collection, Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris and on NPR “Performance Today.”

Himy studied biochemistry and music at the University of Maryland, and received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York, having studied with Thomas Schumacher, Adele Marcus and Josef Villa.  For the ‘06-07, ’07-08 seasons he performed more than 70 concerts worldwide including Morocco where he performed two concerts and was seen on National TV. Mr. Himy was invited by the Bernstein family to celebrate the 90th anniversary tribute to Leonard Bernstein in a Gala concert at the 2008 Lukas Foss Music Festival in the Hamptons.

In 2010, Mr Himy celebrated Chopin’s 200th Anniversary by performing more than 40 concerts worldwide including several performances of the Chopin Piano Concerto no. 1, one notably at the 2010 Marienbad Chopin Festival in the Czech Republic, and made his debut at the Bayreuth Steingraeber Festival in Germany. Last year, Mr. Himy recorded an all-Chopin  CD and a “Gershwin in Paris” DVD.  In 2011, Mr Himy celebrated Liszt’s 200th Anniversary and performance highlights were at the prestigious Teatru Manoel in Malta and at the Salle Molière in Lyons, France and Carnegie Hall, NY. He has recorded 14 CDs.

Special Thanks to our sponsor, Staybridge Suites


Shoshana Telner
November 18, 2012
Program: The Complete Bach Keyboard Partitas


Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed across Canada and abroad. She made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16, and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra. As a chamber musician she has collaborated with artists including violist Steven Dann, cellists Shauna Rolston, Denis Brott, and Andrés Díaz, violinist Menachem Breuer, clarinetist Simon Aldrich, and soprano Ingrid Attrot. Her solo and chamber music performances have been heard often on CBC radio. In 2010, Shoshana became a member of the Philadelphia based Shir Ami Ensemble

Shoshana has participated in numerous festivals including the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Brott Music Festival, and the Focus! Festival and Piano Century at the Juilliard School. She has been awarded several honors in national and international competitions including the Honens International Piano Competition, the Canadian Concerto Competition, the International Stepping Stone Competition and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

One of Hamilton’s “most fascinating people and inspired individuals” (Hamilton Magazine), Shoshana has a passion for promoting new music. Her playing is “full of fire and warmth” (The New York Times) and she has been described as an “authentic musician, with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit) and as a “sophisticated and polished musician and pianist” (Julian Martin, the Juilliard School). Shoshana has recorded solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack on the CanSona label released in 2009.

Bergmann Duo

March 24, 2013
Program: Grand Duo in C major
Fantasia in f minor

Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann – Piano Duo
The Bergmann Piano Duo’s dynamic and energetic performances of uniquely eclectic programmes have inspired audiences for more than two decades. Their recitals and concerts with orchestra have taken them to many parts of the world, including the United States, Italy, Germany, Holland, Greece and Canada. They garnered many awards such as first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Caltanissetta, Italy and at The 4th Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition and have appeared at international festivals. The duo’s CD productions include recordings for the Arktos, Koch International, Brilliant Classics and Naxos labels. Their extensive repertoire ranges from the baroque to the contemporary and incorporates numerous own arrangements and  compositions.

In addition to their performing careers they enjoy teaching and working in other capacities of the music industry. Marcel is currently Professor of Music at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario and Elizabeth is Director of Concerts and Summer Programmes at Langley Community Music School. They have been on faculty at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary, have been involved in various musical projects at The Banff Centre for the Arts and have served as Artistic Directors of The Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition and Foundation in Miami. For a decade they were members of the Calgary- based Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, winners of the 2005 and 2006 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording.