Huronia Symphony Orchestra 50th anniversary

The Huronia Symphony Orchestra (HSO) celebrates the end of their 50th season May 14 at Collier Street United Church. The anniversary falls in line with Canada 150 and will highlight their successes over the past five decades.

The event will feature resident favourites, past and present, who will deliver an undoubtedly unique performance for concert goers to enjoy.

Artistic Director Oliver Balaburski will be conducting Tchaikovsky’s glorious Symphony No. 4 and Canadian composer Alexina Louie’s festive overture, The Ringing Earth. The HSO’s esteemed concertmaster, David McFadden, will also perform Felix Mendelssohn’s famous Violin Concerto in E Minor.

“Huronia Symphony and I are very happy to celebrate our 50th season with a challenging and exciting concert on which we are going to cut our celebration cake. This will be a real confirmation of the impact that this orchestra has, as well as art in general to the community and everyday living”, says Balaburski.

Their recently wrapped 4th concert of the current season was a showcase of HSO as groups where each had the opportunity to play chamber music. This 5th last concert of their 50th year performing as an orchestra will be revered as the crown of their 50th season.

From Sept 2016 up until May 2017 the troupe have been building up to their last concert, or crown, of the entire season. Rehearsals have begun for the “very demanding” 90 minute performance that is set to be one of their biggest concerts to date.

Their current space at Collier Street United Church is getting smaller and smaller for the group that is quickly developing into a large ensemble.

According to Balaburski, existing performance venues like the Georgia and Fisher Theatres are not acoustically appropriate nor a proper space for a symphony concert. They are pressing the city hard for a new space and “small open doors and windows to think about the future possibility of building something bigger” are opening up.

In the meantime, Balaburski and his ensemble will be busy preparing for their 50th Anniversary event that will include a ceremony for dignitaries to present certificates.

The artistic impact of a symphony orchestra is great and the celebration will bring out musicians from the first orchestra 50 years ago. It is set to be a very special evening for them as many have stopped playing since founding the orchestra.

The HSO began as a small Baroque orchestra, with area musicians performing under the direction of Lloyd Tufford. Since then it has grown into a 50 member orchestra, comprised of musicians from Simcoe County and beyond.

The HSO is committed to music education and community engagement through the HSO Youth Program, which offers music students the opportunity to perform with a full orchestra. They also work to enrich cultural life in Simcoe County with various organisations like the Barrie Film Festival, Barrie Winterfest, Culture Days and the City of Barrie Choralfest.

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