Join us for a morning of storytelling through music and give your students the experience of live orchestral music at FirstOntario Concert Hall.

The central piece in this concert is The Hockey Sweater. Composed Abigail Richardson-Schulte, HPO’s Composer-in-Residence, this orchestral work is based on the classic Canadian book written by Roch Carrier with illustrations by Sheldon Cohen. Through this rich and dynamic orchestral work, the story comes to life on our stage. The Hockey Sweater has been highlighted in educational concerts by orchestras across the country, and returns this year to the HPO.

In addition to The Hockey Sweater, students will enjoy a selection of orchestral works that all use music to tell various stories of winter. The elements of music come alive for students as they get a chance to meet the instruments of the orchestra and see how they are used to evoke images and events.

Pre-concert lesson plans will be sent to teachers approximately one month before the concert, so that teachers can make curricular connections for their students. Although all are welcome, this program is best suited to primary, junior and intermediate students.

Look for our Hockey Sweater add-on, which is exclusive to the HPO!

To book this concert for your class, please contact Music Education Manager Megan Benjafield at mbenjafield@hpo.org.

We are dedicated to serving Hamilton’s high-priority schools, and offer up to 150 complimentary tickets to schools with this designation.