HPO gets into the holiday spirit with bright and festive brass ensemble performances in the community and a musical hockey match on stage for Home for the Holidays: The Hockey Sweater!

Hamilton, ON – On Saturday, December 1, HPO’s Brass Octet performs a FREE holiday concert for the community at CF Lime Ridge.

On Friday, December 7, HPO ‘s Brass Quintet heads to Hamilton Public Library, Central branch, for the annual holiday concert where everyone is welcome to sit back and enjoy festive favourites with friends and family.

On Wednesday, December 12, HPO’s Brass Quintet performs their holiday concert for our friends in Burlington at Burlington Public Library, Central branch.

On Friday, December 14, the Seniors’ Talk and Tea series presents The Hockey Sweater. This engaging talk and piano demonstration features Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte discussing her musical score The Hockey Sweater, written to accompany Roch Carrier’s Canadian Classic children’s book by the same name.

On Friday, December 14, HPO hosts a student concert in the great hall at FirstOntario Concert Hall for elementary school students in Hamilton. This sold out concert features acclaimed author Roch Carrier reading from his Canadian classic, The Hockey Sweater and Abigail Richardson-Schulte’s musical score The Hockey Sweater. This special concert presentation allows students to explore Canadian literature along with the immersive sound of full orchestra to demonstrate music’s ability to bring storytelling to life.

On Saturday, December 15, Music Director Gemma New, Abigail Richardson-Schulte and Roch Carrier come together to deliver a joyful narration of Carrier’s classic The Hockey Sweater set vividly to music by Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte. Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra joins HPO musicians as guest artists for this heartwarming holiday concert.

December 2018 EVENT LISTING

Brass Octet Holiday Concert
December 1 at 12pm
CF Lime Ridge Mall
Free Event

Brass Quintet Holiday Concert
December 7 at 11:30am
Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch
Free Event

Brass Quintet Holiday Concert
December 12 at 7pm
Burlington Public Library, Central Branch
Free Event

Seniors’ Talk and Tea: The Hockey Sweater
December 14 at 11am
FirstOntario Concert Hall Stage Door (10 MacNab St. S)
Tickets: $12 +HST

Home for the Holidays: The Hockey Sweater
December 15 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall Stage Door (10 MacNab St. S)
Tickets: $10 – $71

For tickets and more information order online at or call the HPO Box Office at 905.526.7756

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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.

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