A Path to Canadian Music

by Abigail Richardson-Schulte I started off university in science. I wanted to be smart and I was sure that smart people went into science. I felt a bit unsettled in those first few weeks but assumed that...

Just Who is Living in our City?

Meet William Peltier by Abigail Richardson-Schulte More musicians and artists are moving to our city every day. Many of them keep their previous professional lives pretty intact and sometimes don't...

A What Next Festival Feature: Canada’s Musical Hero

An Unbelievable Story: Canada's Musical Hero, Sir Ernest MacMillan by Abigail Richardson-Schulte   On May 23rd 2017, the HPO will be performing a string orchestra concert as the first concert in...

Get to know Lara St. John

Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as “something of a phenomenon” and a “high-powered soloist.” HPO sat down with this world-renowned artist to learn what inspires her creativity...

Igor Stravinsky – Protester or Purist?

Petrouchka (revised 1947) – Igor Stravinsky Born June 17, 1882 in Oranienbaum (now Lomonosov), Russia Died April 6, 1971 in New York This work premiered on June 13, 1911 in Paris at the Théâtre du...

Jean Sibelius and his Symphony No. 7

Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105 Born December 8, 1865 in Tavastehus, Finland Died September 20, 1957 in Järvenpää, Finland This work was first performed on March 24, 1924 at the...

A Message from Carol Kehoe

Dear Friends, Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra as Executive Director since September 2012. It has been a privilege to bring you wonderful concerts in the Great Hall...

Join the Giving Tuesday Movement

Following the widely recognized Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping days, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season and brings individuals together to remind us of the importance of giving back. Now...

HPO Blog: What is a concertmaster?

What is a concertmaster? This is indeed a good question, however, might be better answered by who is the concertmaster? The concertmaster is generally the second in command in an orchestra (next to the...