HPO’s 17-18 season continues with a fantastic line up of concerts and events for all ages with a full orchestra family concert featuring the timeless classic, Peter and the Wolf, an intimate book reading with opera sensation Measha Brueggergosman and a powerful mainstage concert, The Best of Italian Opera, featuring some of opera’s most magnificent works.

HAMILTON, ON – On Sunday, October 1, the HPO co-hosts a Literary Recital with gritLit featuring Canadian opera’s own Measha Brueggergosman as she reads from her searingly honest and insightful memoir Something is Always on Fire, punctuated by excerpts from HPO’s Associate Concertmaster Lance Ouellette and pianist Justyna Szajna.

On Saturday, October 14 the Marz Homes Family Concert Series returns to the McIntyre Theatre at Mohawk College with Peter and the Wolf. Guests spend a musical afternoon with family and friends as the HPO presents a one-hour concert full of family favourites like Bizet’s Carmen Suite and Prokofiev’s timeless classic Peter and the Wolf.  Guest conductor Dina Gilbert leads the orchestra while childrens’ entertainer Suzie Sunshine narrates, guiding us through the music.

On Friday, October 20 the Seniors’ Talk and Tea series presents The Best of Italian Opera. In this educational and engaging event guests enjoy a late morning tea and treat, discover the stories behind some of Italy’s most celebrated composers and go behind-the-scenes to an HPO rehearsal in the Great Hall at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place). Hosted by HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte.

On Saturday, October 21 guest conductor Fabio Mastrangelo leads a beautiful and exciting program in The Best of Italian Opera at the Great Hall at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place). This concert of magnificent Italian operatic works features soprano, Shelley Jackson and tenor, John Mac Master in a concert of famous arias by Verdi, Puccini and Rossini, along with some of opera’s greatest and most familiar melodies.

For tickets and more information order online at staginghpo.wpengine.com or call the HPO Box Office at 905.526.7756

HPO Literary Recital
Sunday October 1
Gallery on the Bay (231 Bay St., N)
Tickets: $20

Marz Homes Family Concert, Peter and the Wolf
Saturday, October 14 at 2pm
McIntyre Theatre, Mohawk College (135 Fennell Ave. W)

Tickets: $10 Children and $20 Adults

Seniors’ Talk and Tea
Friday, October 20 at 2pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall Stage Door (10 MacNab St. S)
Tickets: $10. RSVP required.

The Best of Italian Opera
Saturday, October 21 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) (1 Summers Ln.)
Fabio Mastrangelo, conductor
Shelley Jackson, soprano
John Mac Master, tenor

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

Tickets: $25-$67
hpoGO Tickets: $19

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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.

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