Return to Innocence

If you look at the world with a child’s eye, it becomes very beautiful. The Spectrum composers created new pieces of music to investigate the many sides of innocence: having it, losing it, and feeling nostalgic for it.
Skip rope stories and playground parables become a sweet refuge from the stressful present and uncertain future. Childhood memories colour our adult experience and shape who we are.
Spectrum and Musicata: Hamilton’s Voices, the 25 person chamber choir, join forces for the second time, to delve deeper into their exploration of new works for classical choir and jazz improvisers. This forward-thinking music will explore the wistful desire to go back in time.



If I Had Known by Chelsea Mcbride
Sweep the Sky by Graham Campbell
The Shadow Monster by Shannon Graham
Volver a la inocencia by Javier Vazquez
Was / Am / Will Be by Ben McCarroll-Butler
When I Was by Tiffany Hanus


General: $20 Advance, $25 at the Door
Student: $10 Advance, $15 at the Door

About Musicata: Hamilton’s Voices

jls-good-shot-2_0086-768x378Musicata is a 28-voice chamber choir based in Hamilton. The group was established in 1982 as the John Laing Singers by Conductor John Laing. 2016/17 marks the first season of an exciting new identity for us. Since becoming Artistic Director in 2011, Roger Bergs has built on John Laing’s solid foundation of choral excellence, moving the choir in adventurous new directions. Recent seasons have featured several world-premiere performances and the introduction of delightful newer works by contemporary composers.

“Enrich the musical experience of individuals within our geographic area – Hamilton, Burlington and Dundas and other surrounding municipalities.” We want to bring the passion and warmth of live choral performances to a wide-ranging audience, including people who have not yet had exposure to classical and/or choral music. Also, we aim to enrich the local cultural scene by collaborating with up-and-coming local artists.

About Conductor Roger Bergs

roger-bergsComposer, conductor, organist and teacher, Dr. Roger Bergs is an outstanding musician with a wide range of musical interests, awards and experience.

Dr. Bergs has twenty years of experience as a church organist and music director, currently serving in that capacity at Toronto’s Knox Presbyterian Church. His chamber choir experience includes three seasons as artisitic director of the Toronto-based chamber choir “Concertsingers”.

His musical compositions have been performed by the Symphony Orchestras of Toronto, Edmonton and Winnipeg, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Esprit Orchestra, the Composers Orchestra, the Hannaford Street Silver Band, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Aldeburgh Connection, Continuum New Music (Toronto) and NUMUS concerts of Waterloo. He has choral works published by Hal Leonard and Hope Publishing, and recordings on the Opening Day and Eclectra labels.

About The Program

If I Had Known by Chelsea Mcbride lives in the space between wanting to go back to a sweeter and simpler time, and knowing that that desire can never properly be fulfilled

Sweep the Sky by Graham Campbell is inspired by one of the composer’s most vivid early memories, the day his family moved into a big new house in a warmer climate. The piece reflects the simultaneous feelings of fear and excitement.

The Shadow Monster by Shannon Graham. You can’t run from the shadow monster. You must turn on the light.

Volver a la inocencia by Javier Vazquez tells a story in three movements: childhood, adulthood, and the future: do we ultimately return to innocence?

Was / Am / Will Be by Ben McCarroll-Butler is a reflection on the nature of memory and the paradox of a self that both changes and stays the same.

When I Was by Tiffany Hanus reflects on childhood desires, leaving the listener to decide if they were ever fulfilled.