HPO’s 18-19 Season kicks off with a passionate and powerful opening night concert conducted by Music Director Gemma New, featuring guest cellist Cameron Crozman, and a tenth annual performance at Supercrawl with HPO musicians and local band The Altobeelays.

HAMILTON, ON – On Thursday, September 6 HPO continues its Community Collaboration with the Burlington Public Library. This Free event features Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte leading an engaging talk about the music and life of Johannes Brahms. Abigail plays piano to demonstrate musical style and form.

On Wednesday, September 12, the HPO partners with the Art Gallery of Hamilton to host an insightful talk, tour and performance. The Outsider as Artist: Exploring the Worlds of Maier and Brahms is a guided tour of Vivian Maier: Street Photography following by Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte’s talk and piano demonstration on Johannes Brahms’ life from growing up by the docks of Hamburg to the great concert halls of the world.

On Friday, September 14 the Seniors’ Talk and Tea series presents Brahms’ World. In this educational and engaging event guests enjoy a late morning tea and treat, discover the stories behind the composers on the mainstage, 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, September 15 Music Director Gemma New kicks off the 18-19 Mainstage Season at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) with Gemma Conducts Brahms. Canadian cellist Cameron Crozman returns to Hamilton in a performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto while works by Beethoven and Brahms round out the program.

On Sunday, September 16 HPO heads to Supercrawl for a tenth annual performance. The Altobeelays, a Hamilton-based funk-rock and hip hop band, accompany musicians of the HPO. This performance follows the highly successful HPO Indie Series collaboration last season. Program includes innovative music that pushes traditional boundaries.

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Community Collaborations
Beyond the Music Talk
Thursday, September 6 at 2pm
Burlington Public Library, Aldershot Branch (550 Plains Road East)
Tickets: Free

Outsider as Artist: Exploring the Worlds of Maier and Brahms
Wednesday, September 12 at 7:30pm
Art Gallery of Hamilton (123 King Street West)
Tickets: $10 or free to AGH members and HPO subscribers

Seniors’ Talk and Tea
Friday, September 14 at 11am
FirstOntario Concert Hall Stage Door (10 MacNab St. S)
Tickets: $12. RSVP required.

Opening Night: Gemma Conducts Brahms
Saturday, September 15 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) (1 Summers Ln.)
Gemma New, conductor
Cameron Crozman, cello

Inside the Music: Pre-concert Talk in the Great Hall at 6:30pm
Tickets: $25-$67 hpoGO Tickets: $19

HPO @ Supercrawl
Sunday, September 16
Mohawk College Stage, James St. North Supercrawl (James St. N. and Wilson St.)
Tickets: Free

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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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