The HPO’s 16-17 Season continues with the celebration of a man widely considered to be the greatest composer of all time. Ludwig van Beethoven is celebrated in events throughout the city with the Beethoven Festival culminating in our mainstage concert Brilliant Beethoven.

BURLINGTON, ON – HPO’s Beethoven Festival kicks off at Burlington Public Library.  On Thursday, January 12 at 2pm, Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte hosts a Beethoven Lecture and introduces the audience to the man behind the masterful music.

On Friday, January 13 at 7:30pm, HPO celebrates the life of Beethoven with HPO Movie Night: Immortal Beloved. Explore the life and loves of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven in this critically acclaimed film starring Gary Oldman and Isabella Rossellini. Enjoy a live performance of a Beethoven Piano Sonata as part of the pre-film feature.

On Sunday, January 15 at 3pm, HPO returns to Dundas with the Beethoven Community Recital. Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte hosts an open-mic style event to celebrate the creativity and passion of amateur musicians. Soloists and ensembles perform Beethoven or Beethoven-inspired work for an audience of friends and colleagues. This community event concludes in a performance by Associate Concertmaster Lance Ouellette.

On Tuesday, January 17 at 5:30pm, the young professional crowd gathers at The Baltimore House for Beer-thoven Happy Hour. HPO’s String Quartet performs works influenced and written by Beethoven as guests enjoy specialty brews inspired by the German composer.

On Wednesday, January 18 at 7:30pm, HPO partners with HAALSA and McMaster’s Department of Family Medicine to present a fascinating Beethoven-inspired lecture. The Deafness of Beethoven: Tragedy or Destiny? at David Braley Health Sciences Centre addresses the ultimate alienating element of Beethoven that is still studied today. HPO’s Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte co-hosts this talk with Dr. Jason Archibald, Associate Professor Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery.

The Beethoven Festival concludes at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) with Brilliant Beethoven on January 21 at 7:30pm. Experience the musical landscape that inspired the great Ludwig van Beethoven. Haydn’s Symphony No. 16, a programming suggestion by our very own HPO musicians, sets the tone for future works of his students Mozart and Beethoven. Then, Beethoven’s radiant Piano Concerto No. 2 comes to life at the hands of German Pianist Hinrich Alpers.

Join us after Brilliant Beethoven for the Pro-Am Jam immediately following the concert. Professional and amateur musicians of all ages and levels are invited to the FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) mezzanine to play Beethoven’s momentous Fifth Symphony alongside HPO musicians. Participants must be ticket holders to the Brilliant Beethoven concert and provide their own instrument.

January 2017 EVENT LISTING For tickets and more information call the HPO Box Office at 905.526.7756 or order tickets online at

HPO in Burlington

Thursday, January 12 at 2pm
Burlington Public Library, 2331 New St
Tickets: FREE. No RSVP required.

HPO Movie Night: Immortal Beloved

Friday, January 13 at 7:30pm
The Zoetic Theatre, 526 Concession St. N.
Pre-Film Feature: Learn more about Beethoven’s music in this mini-performance of a Beethoven Piano Sonata.
Tickets: $10

Beethoven Community Recital

Sunday, January 15 at 3pm
St. Paul’s United Church, 29 Park St. W., Dundas
Tickets: FREE. No RSVP required.
Amateur musicians wishing to perform must register online.

Beer-thoven Happy Hour

Tuesday, January 17 at 5:30pm
The Baltimore House, 43 King William St.
Tickets: $20
Price does not include applicable taxes and service charges.

Beethoven Lecture: Tragedy or Destiny?

Wednesday, January 18 at 7:30pm
David Braley Health Sciences Centre, 100 Main St. E.
Tickets: FREE. Pre-registration is required. Call 905-526-7756 to reserve your seat.

Seniors’ Talk and Tea

Friday, January 20 at 11am
FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) Stage Door, 10 MacNab Street S.
Tickets: $10
Price does not include applicable taxes and service charges.

HPO @ The Library

Friday, January 20 at 12:45pm
Hamilton Public Library, 55 York Blvd.
Tickets: FREE. No RSVP required.

Brilliant Beethoven

Saturday, January 21 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) (1 Summers Ln.)

Tim Hankewich, conductor
Hinrich Alpers, piano

Inside the Music: Pre-concert Talk in the Great Hall at 6:30pm

Tickets: $10-$67
hpoGO Tickets (under 35): $17
Children (under 13): $10
Price does not include applicable taxes and service charges.

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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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