September marks the launch of the HPO’s 17-18 Season with a Supercrawl performance alongside local band Black Collar Union, a solo recital by Concertmaster Stephen Sitarski and a highly anticipated opening night concert conducted by Music Director Gemma New, featuring guest violinist Martin Chalifour.

HAMILTON, ON – On Saturday, September 9, the HPO heads to Supercrawl for their eighth annual performance. The HPO proudly partners with Black Collar Union, a Hamilton-based hard rock trio delivering hard hitting, riff-driven sound. This three-piece group returns to perform with an ensemble of the HPO following a highly successful HPO Indie Series collaboration last year. Program includes innovative music that pushes traditional boundaries.

On Friday, September 15 the HPO continues its HPO @ the Library Series. This FREE program features HPO musicians and guest artists at the Hamilton Public Library’s Central Branch. Guests are invited to bring a lunch, sit back and enjoy this special solo performance by Concertmaster Stephen Sitarski.

On Friday, September 22 the Seniors’ Talk and Tea series presents Russian Celebrations. In this educational and engaging event guests enjoy a late morning tea and treat, discover the stories behind some of Russia’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, September 23 Music Director Gemma New kicks off the 17-18 Mainstage Season at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) in Russian Celebrations. Renown violinist and Los Angeles Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour makes his Hamilton solo debut in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s virtuosic yet graceful Violin Concerto, while colourful and energetic works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin round out the program.


For tickets and more information order online at or call the HPO Box Office at 905.526.7756
HPO @ Supercrawl
Saturday, September 9
Mohawk College Stage, James St. North Supercrawl (James St. N. and Wilson St.)
Tickets: Free

HPO @ the Library
Friday, September 15 at 12pm
Hamilton Public Library (55 York Blvd.)
Tickets: Free

Seniors’ Talk and Tea

Friday, September 22 at 11am
FirstOntario Concert Hall Stage Door (10 MacNab St. S)

Tickets: $10. RSVP required.

Opening Night: Russian Celebrations

Saturday, September 23 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) (1 Summers Ln.)

Gemma New, conductor
Martin Chalifour, violin

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 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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