Experience unique and interactive workshops and events that help you get closer to the music and the musicians of the HPO. Master Classes Master classes with the HPO give music students and musicians of all levels the opportunity to perform for HPO musicians and receive important feedback on musical development. Sessions are open to to players of all levels and offer helpful instruction on topics ranging from practice techniques to performance skills to instrumental technique and artistic interpretation. Please check back for more information regarding future Master Classes. Inside the Music: Pre-concert Talk Series The HPO’s Inside the Music series offers patrons the opportunity to learn more about the music they love before attending an HPO concert. Composers, musicians, writers and professors from across the city offer patrons insights on compelling and interesting facets of the music patrons experience in concert. Inside the Music starts at 6:30pm on select concert days and is open to any ticket holder. Opening Night: Chopin & Beethoven Saturday, September 19 Conductor Bernhard Gueller discusses the timeless classics of Chopin and Beethoven. In Remembrance: Songs of Courage and Honour Saturday, November 7 Conductor and former Music Director James Sommerville returns to share his insights into this reflective and memorable program. Totally Mozart Saturday, November 28 Conductor Ivars Taurins shares his insights into the masterful works of Mozart. An Evening at the Opera Saturday, January 16 Maestro Daniel Lipton discusses his favourite opera arias and overtures, and why he’s excited to bring opera back to Hamilton. > Gemma Conducts Shoshtakovich Saturday, February 6, 2016 Get to know HPO’s new Music Director Gemma New! Help us welcome Gemma to Hamilton and learn more about the program of epic Russian works featured in her premiere as Music Director. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Saturday, April 16, 2015 HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail-Richardson Schulte and conductor Eric Paetkau discuss the world premiere of Abigail’s Trumpet Concerto. HPO @ the Library Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch (55 York Blvd.) This FREE program features HPO musicians and guest artists in an intimate community setting. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, sit back, and enjoy this series of entertaining and educational concerts and talkbacks with the HPO! Lunch and Learn with Janina Fialkowska Friday, September 18 at 12:45pm Hear guest artist Janina Fialkowska talk about life as a concert pianist and learn more about why she loves the music of Chopin. Lunch and Learn with Abigail Richardson-Schulte and Paul Inston Friday, October 16 at 12:45 HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte chats with Paul Inston about his experience working with Ian Thomas for the upcoming concert A Life in Song: Ian Thomas and the HPO, and his own career as a film composer. Lunch and Learn with your HPO Friday, November 6 at 12:45pm Get to know your HPO! Join us for a Lunch and Learn with a HPO musician and learn about the power of music as we reflect on Canada’s history. Lunch and Learn with Stephen Sitarski Friday, November 27 at 1:00pm Sit down with HPO musicians including HPO Concertmaster Stephen Sitarski, as we discuss the masterful works of Mozart and the Totally Mozart concert. FREE Holiday Concert Friday, December 4 at 12:00pm Join us for our annual FREE holiday concert with the HPO Brass. Lunch and Learn with your HPO Friday, December 18 at 12:45pm Get to know your HPO! Join us for a Lunch and Learn interview with a HPO musician. Now is your chance to ask questions and learn about life as a professional musician. Lunch and Learn with Maestro Daniel Lipton Friday, January 15 at 12:45pm Hear Maestro Daniel Liption talk about the opera arias and overtures that you’ll hear at our upcoming concert An Evening at the Opera. Lunch and Learn with Music Director Gemma New Friday, February 5 at 12:45pm Join us for our first Lunch and Learn with our new Music Director, Gemma New. Help us welcome Gemma to Hamilton and hear why she’s excited for Gemma Conducts Shostakovich, her first concert as Music Director of the HPO. Lunch and Learn with your HPO Friday, March 11 at 12:45pm Get to know your HPO! Join us for a Lunch and Learn with a HPO musician and learn more about Hamilton’s professional orchestra. Lunch and Learn with Abigail Richardson-Schulte and Mike Fedyshyn Friday, April 15 at 12:45 HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte and Principal Trumpet Mike Fedyshyn talk about the upcoming premiere of a trumpet concerto at Tchaikavosky’s Fourth.