HPO’s 19-20 Season begins with a vibrant program conducted by Music Director Gemma New celebrating the natural beauty of our region and a performance at Supercrawl with local band Twin Within.

HAMILTON, ON – On Friday, September 6 our String Trio performs at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in support of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club exhibition opening in celebration of their 100th anniversary. This event coincides with AGH Free Fridays.

On Sunday, September 8 our full orchestra performs at L’Chaim: A Toast to Jewish Hamilton at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Mohawk College in support of the Hamilton Jewish Federation’s 2020 Community Campaign launch and celebration of Jewish heritage in our region. Tickets for this event can be purchased at

On Wednesday, September 11 our Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson Schulte is at the Burlington Public Library Central Branch with our partners the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging presenting Beethoven and Hearing Loss. This free event features a String Quartet performance.

On Sunday, September 15 HPO musicians perform at Supercrawl on James St. N with local alt-pop group Twin Within. The HPO previously collaborated with the band to record the 2018 album Twin Within Live-Off-The-Floor at Hamilton Place and in a live performance as part of the HPO Indie Series.

On Thursday, September 18 our Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson Schulte will speak about her path to becoming a composer as part of the Hamilton Third Age Learning fall lecture series at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

On Friday, September 20 our Seniors’ Talk and Tea series presents Radiant Ravel. In this educational and engaging program, attendees enjoy tea and treats while learning about the lives and music of our Opening Night composers in a talk hosted by our Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson Schulte. The event concludes with a behind-the-scenes look at an HPO rehearsal at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place).

On Saturday, September 21 our Music Director Gemma New launches our 19-20 Mainstage Season at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) with Radiant Ravel which includes the world premiere of our Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson Schulte’s piece The Mermaid and the Fisherman, commissioned by the HPO.

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

Hamilton Naturalists’ Club Exhibition Opening
Friday, September 6 at 6pm
Art Gallery of Hamilton (123 Kind Street West)
Tickets: Free

L’Chaim! A Toast to Jewish Hamilton
Sunday, September 8 at 2pm
McIntyre Performing Arts Centre (135 Fennel Ave. West)
Tickets: $36-118, can be purchased at

Beethoven and Hearing Loss
Wednesday, September 11 at 2pm
Burlington Public Library Central Branch (2331 New Street)
Tickets: Free

HPO at Supercrawl
Sunday, September 15 at 5:30pm
James St. North
Tickets: Free

Hamilton Third Age Learning
Talk by Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson Schulte
Thursday, September 18 at 10am
Royal Botanical Gardens Auditorium (680 Plains Rd West)
Tickets: Register at

Seniors’ Talk and Tea
Friday, September 20 at 11am
FirstOntario Concert Hall (Formerly Hamilton Place) (1 Summers Lane)
Tickets: $12

Opening Night: Radiant Ravel
Saturday, September 21 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall (Formerly Hamilton Place) (1 Summers Lane)
Tickets: $19-71

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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