This FREE program features HPO musicians and guest artists in an intimate community setting at the Hamilton Public Library Central Branch (where guests are invited to bring their lunches) or the Burlington Public Library. Sit back, and enjoy this series of entertaining and educational concerts and talkbacks with the HPO! Hamilton Public Library Central Branch (55 York Blvd, Hamilton) Friday, September 15 at 12pm From Russia with Love Join us as we kick off the 17-18 Season with a special solo performance and opening night preview by HPO Concertmaster Stephen Sitarski. Friday, November 10 at 12pm Hamilton Remembers Discover contemporary Canadian music in an engaging lunch and learn with Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Shulte and Principal Trumpet Michael Fedyshyn. Michael will perform demonstrations from a Trumpet Concerto written by Composer John Estacio that he will perform on the mainstage as part of HPO’s Hamilton Remembers concert taking place the following evening. Friday, December 8 at 12pm Holiday Cheer Enjoy holiday favourites at our annual FREE holiday concert with the HPO Brass Quintet. Friday, February 9, 2018 at 12pm Lunch & Learn: Inside Haydn’s World Hear about the fascinating life and masterful works of Classical composer Joseph Haydn as Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte hosts an insightful talkback and musical demonstration of his work and its influence on the music that followed. This talk is part of the composer festival taking place the week before the mainstage concert, Gemma Conducts Haydn. Friday, May 11, 2018 at 12:45pm Lunch & Learn: Bernstein & Music of the Americas Join Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte and Music Director Gemma New for an uplifting lunch and learn on the style and work of renowned composer Leonard Bernstein. Burlington Public Library (2331 New Street, Burlington) Wednesday, November 8 at 2pm McGee: A Musical Talk about an Irish Revolutionary Explore the history of Canada in this unique multi-disciplinary talk with HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte, local playwright Dermot Nolan and librettist Anna Chatterton. In this engaging event, these artists explore the life of historical figure D’Arcy McGee, the Irish-Canadian politician, Catholic spokesman, journalist, poet, and a Father of Canadian Confederation. This historical and musical talk highlights the political career of a remarkable man and the story surrounding his death, and features musical excerpts of the HPO’s new chamber opera, Shot by Abigail Richardson-Schulte and Hamilton librettist and Governor General Literary Award Nominee, Anna Chatterton, premiering on December 7. This lecture features a singer from the opera, Shot. Tuesday, December 12 at 7pm HPO Holiday Concert The HPO Brass Quintet decks the halls in Burlington this season. Featuring well-known holiday favourites along with shimmering brass standards, the whole family will enjoy the sounds of the season at this free holiday concert. Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 2pm Haydn Festival: The World Before Haydn Understand the music that proceeded Haydn as Abigail Richardson-Schulte explores music of the Baroque era and how it influenced Haydn’s timeless body of work.