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Who It Is! (Eclectic Local)
August 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
A free outdoor series celebrating Hamilton’s diverse music scene, presented by the Hamilton Music Collective and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Brought to you by Lead Sponsor Incite Foundation for the Arts.
Saturday August 12: Who It Is! Inspired by the soulful sounds of Les McCann and Eddie Harris and the funky grooves of the ‘60’s.
With Darcy Hepner (saxophone), Jesse O’Brien (keyboards), Paul Intson (bass) and Joel Haynes (drums).
All shows: Saturdays from 5:00 – 6:00pm
Gates Open at 4:00pm, Rain or Shine.
No admission fee. All ages event.
Beer garden by Collective Arts Brewing
Outdoor Stage at The Gasworks (141 Park St N, Hamilton)
The series is co-curated by members of the HMC and the HPO with the goal to bring vibrant, accessible musical performances to the downtown community.
Made possible with the support of Ontario Creates.
About Darcy Hepner:
Born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, he is the son of professional musicians (conductor Lee Hepner and pianist Patricia Rolston). His professional career began as a cellist at the age of 15 and transitioned to flute, clarinet, and saxophone during his studies at McMaster University (BMus 1978). While pursuing jazz studies at the University of Miami he performed with Henry Mancini, BB King, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Mel Tormé and many others (MMUS 1980). Moving to New York City in 1983 he studied composition and saxophone at New York University with Lee Konitz and Bob Mintzer. During his second residency in New York from 1996 to 2005, Hepner toured with Blood, Sweat and Tears, played in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and in clubs with such artists as Buster Poindexter, Tom Wopat and the Ed Palermo Big Band.
Since 2008 he has recorded and performed with Tom Wilson (musician) and LeE HARVeY OsMOND as both a woodwind player and conductor/arranger for his symphony shows which have included performances with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.
In 2015, he collaborated with Canadian musician Ian Thomas as arranger and conductor to develop a concert for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. The music for the concert was used to produce Thomas’s “Life In Song” recording.
Hepner taught at Berklee College of Music (Boston) 1985–89, and was founder and head of the Music Program at Selkirk College in Nelson, BC, 1989–96. From 2005 to 2020, he held the position of professor of music at Mohawk College, Hamilton.