Our New Name!

The Board of Directors of Symphony on the Bay is delighted to announce that in 2019-2020 we will be returning as the Burlington Symphony Orchestra.

From our deep roots at McMaster University we have continued to grow and change as our audience and community have continued to grow. We are thrilled, therefore, that after many years of expanding our roots into Burlington – from St. Christopher’s Anglican Church to the Royal Botanical Gardens to the Burlington Performing Arts Centre – we are taking the next logical step and coming back next season as the Burlington Symphony Orchestra.

We will have more news on the brand and on our 2019-2020 season in the coming weeks. For now, however, we will operate under both names until the official change takes place.

Our 2019-2020 Season

November 3, 2019Russian Treasures

December 8, 2019A Christmas Spectacular

February 16, 2020Love at the Opera

May 10, 2020In Nature’s Realm


Sultans of String – Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 4 pm

Burlington Symphony Orchestra joins three-time JUNO nominees Sultans of String as they whisk the audience on a musical world tour featuring genre-hopping celtic reels, flamenco, gypsy-jazz, Arabic, and Cuban rhythms. A celebration of musical fusion and creativity that delivers fiery violin dances, kinetic guitar, percussive grooves, acoustic strings and electronic wizardry. Adding the majestic soundscape of a full orchestra to the Sultan’s world music compositions, this is the ultimate cultural crossover performance. No passport required! This performance includes afro-cuban percussionist Alberto Suarez and special guest Pakistani-Canadian Anwar Khurshid on sitar.

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Jianhan Wu, piano

Pianist Jianhan Wu was a first-place winner and scholarship awardee at the 2017 Canadian Music Competition. In the same year, he made his orchestral debut with the McMaster Chamber Orchestra, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no.1. Prior to this, in 2016,...

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Kristan Toczko, harp

As one of Canada’s premier harpists, Kristan Toczko is recognized for her radiant tone, expressive music making and scintillating virtuosity. A first place winner of the prestigious OSM Standard Life Competition, Kristan has also been named a CBC Radio-Canada Young...

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Corey Gemmell, violin

Corey Lyle Gemmell, violinist, currently makes his home in Markham, Ontario. He has distinguished himself as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada, Germany, the United States and China and has performed much of the standard concerto repertoire with...

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