HAMILTON, ON—The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) is thrilled to announce a unique and intriguing way to experience the HPO this season. On Thursday, December 7 at 7:30pm at the Studio (FirstOntario Concert Hall, 1 Summers Lane) the HPO presents McGeean evening of theatre and opera highlighting the life and assassination of D’Arcy McGee, a former Irish revolutionary who became a father of the Canadian Confederation.

“Artists today are still inspired by D’Arcy McGee’s fascinating and at times controversial story as demonstrated by two upcoming world premières in Hamilton,” says HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte.

This celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial features the new chamber opera Shot, written by Hamilton librettist and nominee for the Governor General’s Award for Drama, Anna Chatterton and HPO Composer-in-Residence and Dora Mavor Moore Award recipient for Best New Opera, Abigail Richardson-Schulte. This chamber opera was inspired by McGee’s life and death and the play, It’s Morning Now, by Hamilton playwright Dermot Nolan.

Supported by Ontario 150, City of Hamilton and incite foundation for the arts, the evening opens with scenes from the play It’s Morning Now followed by the new opera, Shot and features Canadian singers from COSI (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy) guided by Artistic Director Darryl Edwards and accompanied by a chamber ensemble of the HPO. This dramatic evening brings opera back to Hamilton and highlights this important part of our nation’s history.

Ticket Information:

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Doors open at 6:30pm
Music begins at 7:30pm
The Studio (FirstOntario Concert Hall, 1 Summers Lane)

Tickets are $25 (plus HST) and can be purchased online at, by calling 905.526.7756 or in person at the HPO Box Office at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) at 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 premier 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
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
905.526.1677 X 226

Kim Varian
Director, Development and Communications
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra