FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre press release – Celebrate the music of The Tragically Hip backed by the power and magic of a full orchestra. The Strictly Hip join forces with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) to expertly play the soundtrack of a million campfires, road trips and backyard parties. This Canadian premiere comes to Partridge Hall on Friday, Feb. 28/2020, at 7:30 p.m.
Since 1995, Buffalo, New York’s The Strictly Hip have been evangelists, spreading the good word of The Tragically Hip’s music far and wide, taking an almost academic and curatorial approach to performing the music of Canada’s most iconic band with reverence, respect and accuracy.
In 2017, NSO Music Director Bradley Thachuk, The Strictly Hip and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra premiered this exciting twist on classic Hip songs in Buffalo to 15,000 fans at the Canalside Concert Series, just months before the passing of Gord Downie. A couple of years later, they did it again at Buffalo’s historic Kleinhans Music Hall.
Now, Thachuk brings The Strictly Hip north to join our very own Niagara Symphony Orchestra for a Canadian premiere. Celebrate the legacy of the band that defined rock ‘n’ roll for a generation.
“People know that when there’s a rock band on stage with an orchestra when done correctly, it can be a really special occasion,” said Thachuk, a highly sought-after symphonic arranger who has earned his rock cred working with artists as diverse as Steve Hackett of Genesis, Dave Mason, Chantal Kreviazuk and The Beach Boys.
That’s why you see so many bands through history mount a rock show with an orchestra. Deep Purple did it. Styx has done it. Metallica and Foreigner have done it. It’s always special. We’re trying to make sure that the fans of the band walk out having been blown away by the experience,” he told Go/Be Weekly.
The Symphonically Hip comes to Partridge Hall on Friday, Feb. 28/2020, at 7:30 p.m. Click on firstontariopac.ca for tickets or visit the box office in-person at 250 St. Paul Street or call the box office: 905-688-0722.