Musicata will be performing a free concert on Sunday, March 8th as
part of the Lenten Concert Series. Come hear us perform sacred music by
Canadian composers in the beautiful setting of Central Presbyterian
Church: Eight Jeremiads by Roger Bergs, and Crux – A Requiem by Alice
Admission is free but donations will be gladly accepted.
Our first concert of the season, “With One Accord” has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 15th at 3:00 pm.
As you all know, we had to postpone this concert last Sunday due to the
ice storm, and we’re happy that we’ve been able to reschedule it before
the holidays. Please come out and join us for this original and unique
take on seasonal music, with some original pieces.
Season subscriptions and concert tickets are now on sale for our 2019-20 season! We’re very excited by our new season, which offers Musicata performing with a variety of guest artists and a diversity of musical styles.
Sunday, December 1, 3:00 pm – With One Accord
Musicata plus Accordionist Michael Bridge, a charismatic virtuoso player comfortable in a wide variety of styles.
The music is mostly seasonal, but reimagined with accordion accompaniment. Music by Piazolla, Luengen and Chatman combine with more traditional sources to create a seasonal tapestry unlike any other.
Sunday, February 23, 3:00 pm – Choir and Chroi
Musicata plus Irish folk group Chroi, a Celtic-inspired band who sing while playing the piano, violin, and bodran, in a program of classic and folk music rooted in the Emerald Isle.
Sunday, April 26, 3:00 pm – Old Meets New
Music by composers finding new meanings in ancient texts, including Five Love Poems of Robert Herrick set by Canadian composer Bonnie Penfound (world premiere), Shearing’s Songs and Sonnets of Shakespeare, plus works by Gjeilo, Mealor, and Roderick Williams.
We’re also celebrating a new home at Central Presbyterian Church at Charlton and Bay in downtown Hamilton.
You can now watch 5 videos from our December 1 concert – Drums and Dances: Christmas Music for Choir and Percussion – that feature traditional Christmas tunes, two from Africa, and three Spanish Christmas songs. The videos are now posted on our Watch & Listen page, or you can visit our YouTube channel.
We here at Musicata – Hamilton’s Voices are excited to introduce you to our wonderful new website. There are many great features to the site, including the capacity to buy tickets, make donations, watch videos, and, of course, this new blog, where we’ll update you on all things Musicata, as well the latest from the world of choral music. This initiative is to broaden our reach and make us more accessible to the Hamilton Community and the rest of the world. We thank all of those who have made this possible including, The City of Hamilton’s Enrichment Capacity Fund, our Musicata Choir Members for their input and Craig Logue at Southpaw Creative for his web design services.
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Musicata – Hamilton’s Voices’ re-branding initiative saw a successful launch with our first concert in November 2016. Our second season continued to be well attended and well received by the community. As we continue into our third season, our new brand is proudly reflective of Hamilton’s increasingly strong presence on the Ontario cultural stage.
Musicata will continue to market ourselves as explorers of new choral territory under the expertise of Dr. Bergs, while continuing our strong tradition of choral excellence. Dr. Bergs’ innovative programming is taking the choir in adventurous new directions that we are keen to share with a wider audience.
Our mission and primary goal is to elevate the human experience through our choral performances and to engage a wide-ranging audience, including people who have not yet had exposure to classical and/or choral music. We are committed to collaborating with local professional musicians, composers and guest artists who are just beginning their careers.
The 2018-19 season will engage percussionists, a pianist and Canadian composers in various combinations with the choir. The programming will support our new brand as a continually evolving choral presence with a fresh vision and the choral skills to successfully implement exciting and innovative planning. It will contribute to our overall choral development by having us work on arrangements and compositions that go well beyond the standard repertoire.
Our intent is to challenge and inspire our members to learn new styles of music, work with new musical artists, and lead the way in bringing new works to the public.
Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding opportunities for Membership, Community Partnership, Volunteering or Artist Collaborations.