The HPO’s 17-18 Season continues with a fun and engaging family concert and our annual composer festival. This Season we celebrate the “Father of Symphony” and one of the most influential European composers of all time. Get to know Haydn in events throughout the city, culminating in our mainstage concert Gemma Conducts Haydn.

HAMILTON, ON – HPO’s Marz Homes Family Concert Experience returns with Pinocchio on Saturday, February 3 at 11am at the McIntyre Performing Arts Theatre at Mohawk College. Enjoy musical-themed activities like story-time with Suzie Sunshine and Make Your Own Puppet and Music Maker with the Art Gallery of Burlington, followed by a one-hour full orchestra concert conducted by Daniel Warren with narration by Suzie Sunshine.

On Friday, February 9 at 12pm, HPO’S Haydn Festival kicks off at the Hamilton Public Library Central Branch. Join Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte for a free Lunch & Learn and musical demonstration of Haydn’s work and the influence it had on the music that followed.

On Saturday, February 10 at 2pm, your HPO invites amateur musicians to a Community Recital featuring movements of Haydn or Haydn-inspired work. This community event concludes in a performance by Associate Concertmaster Lance Ouellette.

On Tuesday, February 13 at 2pm the HPO returns to the Burlington Public Library for a lecture on The World before Haydn. Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte explores the music of the Baroque era and how it influenced Haydn’s work.

Also on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30pm, Professor of Music History and Culture at the University of Toronto Dr. Caryl Clark presents a lecture on the cultural influence of Haydn at the McMaster LIVElab. In collaboration with The Hamilton Association for the Advancement of Literature, Science, and Art (HAALSA), this lecture explains Haydn’s fascinating life and incorporates musical demonstrations from the HPO String Quartet.

On Thursday, February 15 at 5:30pm Haydn Happy Hour heads to Shawn & Ed Brewing Co.  in Dundas. Enjoy specialty brews from Shawn & Ed while the HPO String Quartet performs works influenced and written by Haydn.

On Friday, February 16 at 11am the festival continues with the Seniors’ Talk and Tea at FirstOntario Concert Hall.  HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte offers an informative and entertaining glimpse into Haydn’s life before a behind-the-scenes visit to the HPO rehearsal in the Great Hall.

The Haydn Festival concludes on the mainstage at FirstOntario Concert Hall with Gemma Conducts Haydn on February 17 at 7:30pm. Hear the musical voices of Haydn’s world and his most influential work, including Symphony No. 88. Principal Bassoon Eric Hall performs a work by Ignaz Pleyel, a contemporary of Haydn.

Immediately following the mainstage Gemma Conducts Haydn concert, guests are invited to join HPO musicians for a Pro-Am Jam. Professional and amateur musicians of all ages and levels are invited to the FirstOntario Concert Hall mezzanine to play an excerpt of Haydn’s unforgettable Symphony No. 104 alongside HPO musicians. Participants must be ticket holders to the Gemma Conducts Haydn concert and provide their own instrument.

February 2018 EVENT LISTING
For tickets and more information call the HPO Box Office at 905.526.7756 or order tickets online at

Marz Homes Family Concert Experience: Pinocchio
Saturday, February 3 at 11am (concert starts at 2pm)
McIntyre Theatre at Mohawk College (135 Fennell Avenue)
Tickets: $10-$85
Family and Day Passes available

Activities start at 11am
Concert begins at 2pm

Lunch & Learn: Inside Haydn’s World
Friday, February 9 at 12pm
Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch (55 York Blvd, Hamilton)
Tickets: FREE. No RSVP required

Haydn Community Recital
Saturday, February 10 at 2pm
St. Paul’s United Church (29 Park St. W, Dundas)
Tickets: FREE. No RSVP required.
Amateur musicians wishing to perform must register online.

HPO in Burlington: The World before Haydn
Tuesday, February 13 at 2pm
Burlington Public Library, Central Branch (2331 New St.)
Tickets: FREE. No RSVP required.

Haydn Lecture: Cultural Influencer
Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30pm
McMaster LIVELab (1280 Main St., W.)
Tickets: FREE. RSVP required.

Haydn Happy Hour
Thursday, February 15 at 5:30pm
Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. (65 Hatt St, Dundas)
Tickets: $20

Seniors’ Talk and Tea: Gemma Conducts Haydn
Friday, February 16 at 11:00AM
FirstOntario Concert Stage Door (10 MacNab Street S.)
Tickets: $10

Gemma Conducts Haydn
Saturday, February 17 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall (1 Summers Lane)
Tickets: $10 – $67

Gemma New, conductor
Eric Hall, bassoon

Inside the Music pre-concert talk in the Great Hall at 6:30pm


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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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