Community-based orchestra consisting of professional and highly skilled amateur players from the Hamilton and Burlington areas.

Concert Schedule

Rising Stars

Sunday April 2, 2017, at 3 pm

Melrose United Church, 86 Homewood Avenue, Hamilton

This concert will showcase the winners of our annual Young Artists’ Competition.

Offenbach — Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
— Overture to La Forza Del Destino
Bizet — Carmen Suite
Beethoven — Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, 1st movement, with Lindsay Bui, piano
Jules Conus — Violin Concerto, with Hannah Corbett, violin
Telemann — Concerto for 3 trumpets, with the Blundell Trio, trumpets
Wieniawski — Polonaise de Concert for Violin, with Joanna Gorska, violin
Bizet — “Je ne rien” from Carmen, with Kari Abraham, lyric soprano
Puccini — “Quando men vo” from La Boheme, with Kari Abraham, lyric soprano

Guest artists: Winners of our Young Artists’ Competition

Junior winners: Aled, Maslin & Matisse Blundell, trumpets
Senior Winner: Joanna Gorska, violin
Junior Runner-ups: Hannah Corbett, violinLindsay Bui, piano
Senior runner-up: Kari Abrahamlyric soprano

Conductor: Claudio Vena

Please note that this concert is not part of our Main Stage subscription series.

Tickets: Adult or Senior $20.00, Youth (under 18) $15.00.
Tickets will be available at the door (cash or cheque only). To guarantee a seat and save time when you arrive, you can pre-order using the PayPal links below and pick up your tickets at the door. 

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An Evening at the Proms

Sunday May 14, 2017, at 3 pm

Burlington Performing Arts Centre


“Proms is short for promenade concert, a term which originally referred to outdoor concerts in London’s pleasure gardens. During these concerts the audience was free to stroll while the orchestra was playing usually a lighter and more popular repertoire. This season we will have star of the stage and television, Robert Pilon & Friends. Robert has been the lead in the Toronto productions of Phantom and Les Mis. This programme features songs from musicals across the globe as well as some amazing standards. Please join us in celebrating this SOTB tradition.” – Maestro Claudio Vena

Gershwin Medley — George Gershwin/Arr Claudio Vena
Say You Love Me & Music of the Night — Andrew Lloyd Webber
Bring Him Home — Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg
We’ll Meet Again — Vera Lynn song book
Danny Boy — Arr. Claudio Vena
Gilbert & Sullivan Symphonic Suite
Canadian Art Song Book — Arr. Claudio Vena

The Fairy Song, Stephen Codman
We Die to Live, George Frederick Root
Oh What a Difference Since the Hydro Came Claude, L. Graves
Have Courage My Boy To Say No, Horatio Richard Palmer

Memories from Cats — Andrew Lloyd Webber
Deep Purple — Peter De Rose/Arr. Claudio Vena
One From A Chorus Line — Marvin Hamlish
Other works to be determined
Guest artists: Robert Pilon tenor, June Crowley soprano

Conductor: Claudio Vena


Past Concerts — 2016/2017 Season

A Drummer’s Paradise

Sunday October 30, 2016, at 3 pm

Burlington Performing Arts Centre


“It is a rare treat to have Canadian percussionist extraordinaire Beverley Johnston join us in this thrilling concert. She brings her talents and skills on marimba and other percussion instruments to a new level, conquering not only the repertoire of her instruments, but also performing staggering versions of famous violin concertos on the marimba. We will also be featuring her multi instrument skill on a Canadian piece Radiantia, by Alice Ho. Included in this programme are an ever-popular work of Brahms & the rhythmically and cinematically evocative Rodeo Suite by Aaron Copland.” – Maestro Claudio Vena

Johannes Brahms — Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Camille Saint-Saëns — Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 2, with Beverley Johnston, marimba
Antonio Vivaldi — Violin Concerto in A Minor, with Beverley Johnston, marimba
Alice Ping Yee Ho — Radiantia, Concerto for Percussion & Orchestra, with Beverley Johnston, drums/percussion
Aaron Copland — Rodeo, 4 Dances
Guest artist: Beverley Johnston, percussion
Conductor: Claudio Vena

French Connection

Sunday December 4, 2016, at 3 pm

Burlington Performing Arts Centre


“Canadian cellist Winona Zelenka has been showcasing her virtuosity with orchestras across Canada and the world. She is joining us for our French-inspired programme, and we are not cutting down on the champagne on this one! This programme will feature the Saint-Saëns cello concerto as well as Beethoven’s 3rd symphony, Eroica, which was originally dedicated to Napoleon. Also, I am excited to share the Carnival Overture by Canadian composer and my composition teacher at the University of Toronto, Oskar Morawetz. I have lots of great stories to share about this brilliant man.” – Maestro Claudio Vena

Oskar Morawetz — Carnival Overture
Camille Saint-Saëns
 — Cello Concerto No.1, Op 33, with Winona Zelenka, cello
Ludwig Van Beethoven
 — Symphony No.3, Op. 55, EROICA 
Guest artist: Winona Zelenka, cello
Conductor: Claudio Vena

Romance & Passion that Rocks your Soul

Sunday February 19, 2017, at 3 pm

Burlington Performing Arts Centre


“Singer songwriter and pop icon Alfie Zappacosta will be premiering an entirely new symphonic show with Symphony on The Bay. I have had the pleasure of working with Alfie since the late 90s, when he contacted me to do the arrangements on his CD, Dark Sided Jewel. Since then, I have toured across Canada and into the US with Alfie and all I can say is that like a fine wine, he only gets better with age. This programme will feature all of his greatest hits along with incredible stories of life in the pop world. His dedicated fan base is incredible, so I encourage all of you to get your tickets early to reserve your spot for this show” – Maestro Claudio Vena
Overture to La Gazza Ladra — Rossini
Leonard Cohen Suite — Leonard Cohen/Claudio Vena

Take This Waltz

Alfie Zappacosta Song Book with Orchestra — with Alfie Zappacosta, singer

Richard Rogers, My Funny Valentine
Start Again
Nothing Can Stand In Your Way
And we’ll Dance
When I Fall In Love
Irving Berlin, What’ll I do
Me and Mrs Jones
Tu Si Na Cosa Grande Per Me
We should be Lovers
Chloe You Thief
Crescent Moon Tattoo
Hills of San Sebastian
I’ll be the One
Next to You

Guest artist: Alfie Zappacosta, singer
Conductor: Claudio Vena
Sponsor:Wave FM

Symphony on the Bay

Symphony on the Bay is a community-based symphony orchestra serving Hamilton, Burlington and surrounding areas. We began in 1973 as the McMaster Symphony Orchestra, left the university to become Symphony Hamilton in 1988, and rebranded as Symphony on the Bay in 2011 to reflect our role in the wider Hamilton-Burlington community. We made our new home in the magnificent Burlington Performing Arts Centre in 2011. Maestro Claudio Vena was appointed Conductor and Music Director in December 2015, succeeding Maestro James R. McKay who was our Conductor and Music Director for 19 years and now holds the title of Music Director Emeritus. Our orchestra, comprised of students, highly skilled amateurs and a core of professional players, is looking forward to this new chapter in the life of Symphony on the Bay. We hope you will be part of this new chapter!

Trio Blundell — 2016 YAC Junior Winners

Trumpeters Matisse, Aled, and Maslin Blundell started playing trumpet when they were 7, 6, and 5 respectively, and have been playing together ever since!...

Joanna Gorska — 2016 YAC Senior Winner

Joanna Gorska is a graduate of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists and a current student of The University of...

Hannah Corbett — 2016 YAC Junior Runner-Up

Hannah Corbett is a 16 year old violinist from Maple, Ontario. She is the recipient of the Mercier-Hantho scholarship at the Phil and Eli...