HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) is excited to announce the latest edition of the Marz Homes Family Concert Series. This year’s family concert experience, Compose Yourself! takes place on Saturday, February 2 at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Mohawk College. This event is a day of music-themed activities from 11am and a one-hour full orchestra concert at 2pm.

Compose Yourself!  is an interactive, education-based production created by conductor James Stephenson. Compose Yourself! lets the audience decide what instruments the orchestra will play and what music to hear, resulting in a one-of-a-kind world premiere. Featuring bottle-music, hosaphones, snake-charming oboes, powerful trumpets and more, this performance keeps children laughing and learning about the orchestra. Guest conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser leads the HPO in this unique concert experience.

Families have the opportunity to purchase a full-day pass or tickets to the concert only. Kids and their parents can get started on the festivities as early as 11am and enjoy some of the following hands-on activities around Mohawk College:

Make your own Instrument
With the help from our friends at Mohawk College, kids can make and take home their very own music makers!

Instrument Petting Zoo with An Instrument for Every Child
Get an up close and personal look at the instruments of an orchestra. Kids have the opportunity to hold and play a series of orchestral instruments and learn more about how they make their unique sounds.

Hear what patrons have said about the Marz Homes Family Concert Experience:

“The best part was watching my five grandchildren enjoying themselves at experimenting and trying new instruments.”

“[My son] also loved the concert. He had me get a recording of In the Hall of the Mountain King and has been listening to it ever since.”

“In the words of my seven year old grandnephew – the day was awesome!”

This is the second of two family concerts in HPO’s 17-18 Season and the third annual Family Concert Experience which includes a day of music-themed activities before the one-hour family concert.

Ticket Information:

Marz Homes Family Concert Experience: Compose Yourself!
Saturday, February 2 at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre (Mohawk College)
Pre-Concert Activities 11am
Concert begins 2pm

Tickets for the Marz Homes Family Concert are $10 for children (13 and under) and $20 for adults/seniors (plus applicable taxes and fees). Single day passes and a family day pass is available.

Tickets are available online at, by calling 905.526.7756 or in person at the HPO Box Office at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place), 10 MacNab Street South.

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About the HPO: The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1884 as The Hamilton Orchestral Society and grew to become one of Canada’s major professional orchestras. Today, the HPO is a leader in Hamilton’s robust arts community where it provides professional orchestral services and music education programs to address the needs of the community. The HPO continues to commission and premiere works and is one of the artistic jewels of the Hamilton area. The combined musical talents of its artists continue to enrich the community and enhance the quality of life for its residents.    

Media Contacts:

Christina Volpini
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Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
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Kim Varian
Director, Development and Communications
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
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