Though there are many things left to enjoy in 2019, the HPO is looking ahead to a busy New Year with our annual Composer Festival in January celebrating the incomparable Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

HAMILTON, ON – Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte kicks off our Composer Festival with three presentations of her talk Tchaikovsky: His Life and Music. Richardson-Schulte presents the talk and piano demonstration at Dundas’ Amica retirement residence on January 10, at the Burlington Public Library Central Branch on January 15 and at the Hamilton Public Library Central Branch on January 15.

On January 14 we partner with The Hamilton Association for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art (HAALSA) for The Influence of Tchaikovsky. Richardson-Schulte hosts this fascinating exploration of Tchaikovsky’s music and his victorious struggle for acceptance in a newly created and conservative Russian musical scene.

The Composer Festival continues January 16 with our Tchaikovsky Happy Hour at Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. in Dundas. Our Brass Quintet performs with Richarsdson Schulte hosting and beer tastings. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Our Seniors’ Talk & Tea returns January 17 with Richardson-Schulte sharing the stories and music of Tchaikovsky before heading into the concert hall for a sneak peak at an HPO rehearsal. Our Mainstage performance Triumphant Tchaikovsky on January 18 presents some of the composer’s greatest works with guest artist Jon Kimura Parker performing Piano Concerto No. 1.

Our Composer Festival culminates in the annual HPO Pro-Am Jam featuring local amateur musicians performing a few Tchaikovsky classics alongside HPO musicians right on the stage of FirstOntario Concert Hall. This event immediately follows our Triumphant Tchaikovsky concert on January 18.

We end the month with an UpBeat performance for children on Friday, January 24 at 3pm at the Dundas Branch of the Hamilton Public Library featuring our String Quartet in an exploration of music in motion.


January 2020 EVENT LISTING

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

Composer Festival Events

Tchaikovsky: His Life and Music
Talk and Piano Demonstration
January 10, 2020 at 2pm
Amica, Dundas (50 Hatt St, Dundas)
Tickets: Free

Tchaikovsky: His Life and Music
Talk and Piano Demonstration
January 14, 2020, at 2pm
Burlington Public Library Central Branch (2331 New St.)
Tickets: Free

The Influence of Tchaikovsky
Talk and Piano Demonstration
January 14, 2020 at 7:30pm
St. Paul’s United Church (29 Park St., W, Dundas)
Tickets: Free, registration required at

Tchaikovsky: His Life and Music
Talk and Piano Demonstration
January 15, 2020 at 12pm
Hamilton Public Library Central Branch (55 York Blvd.)
Tickets: Free

Tchaikovsky Happy Hour
Brass Ensemble and Beer Pairings
January 16, 2020 at 5:30pm
Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. (65 Hatt St, Dundas)
Tickets: $20 at

Seniors’ Talk & Tea: Triumphant Tchaikovsky
Talk and Piano Demonstration
January 17, 2020 at 11:00am
FirstOntario Concert Hall Stage Door (10 MacNab Street S.)
Tickets: $12 at

Triumphant Tchaikovsky
HPO Mainstage Performance
January 18, 2020 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall
Tickets: $10-71 at

Following Triumphant Tchaikovsky
January 18, 2020
FirstOntario Concert Hall Stage
Tickets: Free, registration required at

Other January HPO Events

UpBeat Performance for Children
Featuring HPO String Quartet
Friday, January 24 at 3pm
Hamilton Public Library, Dundas Branch (18 Ogilvie St, Dundas)
Tickets: Free

Ticket Information

Single tickets are available for purchase online at, by calling 905.526.7756 or in-person at the HPO Box Office in First Ontario Concert Hall at 10 MacNab Street South, Hamilton.

Subscriptions to the 19-20 Mainstage Season can be purchased in 9, 7, 5 or 3-concert packages. Subscribers can save up to 18% off single ticket prices, and packages start at as little as $69 (plus HST) for a 3-concert package. Subscriptions can online at or by calling 905.526.7756.

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 combined musical talents of its artists continue to enrich the community and enhance the quality of life for its residents.

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