Hamilton, ON—The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to announce a brand new initiative that brings the HPO’s programs to the Dundas community.

The Dundas Residency is a new initiative that brings the HPO into Hamilton’s diverse neighbourhoods, and engages local community partners to bring increased vibrancy to their area.  The Dundas Residency offers programs to the community that promote seniors’ health and well-being, encourage music education in both adult and student populations, and offer multiple entry points for community accessibility to our art form.

“I’m very thrilled that Dundas was chosen as the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s community destination in their upcoming 2015-16 Season,” said Ward 13 Councillor Arlene VanderBeek.  “Dundas has a rich history of artists and musicians living and contributing to the community, and our professional orchestra’s events throughout Dundas will complement the increasingly vibrant culture of our town.”

The program focuses on creating accessible and region-specific programming for both orchestra newcomers and seasoned symphony-lovers alike, enlivening the Dundas streets and public places through orchestral music.

Community partners include the Dundas Museum and Archives, Carnegie Gallery and City Housing Hamilton.

“Tenants at Sherwood Place are thrilled to know that HPO is coming to play for them at an outdoor concert,” said Valerie McEdwards, a tenant at Sherwood Place, a City Housing Hamilton residence.  “We are very happy for the opportunity to invite relatives and neighbours to enjoy with us.”

The Dundas Residency focuses on cultural partners and stories that are unique to Dundas and includes music appreciation lectures to accompany the Dundas Museum and Archives’ exhibits, performances for seniors and their families at two City Housing Hamilton residences, educational workshops for students in Dundas schools and a free performance for the community at the Carnegie Gallery.

“We’re excited to be partnering with the HPO in making their music more accessible in the community of Dundas,” says Kevin Puddister, Curator of Dundas Museum and Archives.  “Using music to explore the different themes in our exhibitions will add a whole new dimension for our visitors.”

Public performances and lectures at Carnegie Gallery and Dundas Museum and archives are FREE of charge.  Call HPO at 905.526.7756 to RSVP ahead of time.


A schedule of events includes:

Seniors Residence Performance
Friday, August 14

A performance by the HPO Brass for residents of City Housing Hamilton’s Sherwood Place and their families.

HPO at the Dundas Cactus Festival
Saturday, August 15
Main Stage

In a unique collaborative performance, the HPO strings return with local rock band Thought Beneath Film to bring you a FREE concert experience that spans classical and rock genres. Enjoy original works by Thought Beneath Film, contemporary popular music reinterpreted for orchestra strings, and classical favourites like Copland’s Hoedown reimagined for rock band and string ensemble.

Lecture at Dundas Museum and Archives
Creating a Culture: A Musical Equivalent to “Parallel Destinies”
Thursday, August 20 at 6pm
Dundas Museum and Archives (139 Park St. W., Dundas)

The Dundas Museum and Archives’ exhibit “Parallel Destinies” will compare the lives and work of two great Canadian landscape artists, but do these influential artists have an equivalent parallel figure in Canadian music?  HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte explores the development of Canadian music with the fascinating story of Sir Ernest MacMillan.  Hear how his dramatic imprisonment during WWI led to an astounding impact on the development of Canada’s musical scene upon his return.   Just over a hundred years after the beginning of his imprisonment, Abigail gives a current perspective on the organizations and infrastructure he helped to develop, which are still a backbone of Canadian culture today.


Talk at Rotary Club of Dundas
Tuesday, September 8 at 12:15pm
Dundas Valley Golf Club (10 Woodley’s Ln., Dundas)

Join HPO Composer-in-Residence, Abigail Richardson-Schulte, as she describes her unusual path to becoming one of Canada’s best known composers. Abigail will also show how she gains inspiration from her local Dundas environment. Seating  is limited. Please call Allyson at the Rotary Club 905-379-7353 by Sept. 4th to confirm your attendance at the luncheon. Lunch fee is $20 per person.

Adopt-a-School: Dundas Valley Secondary School
September – December 2015

The HPO adopts Dundas Valley Secondary School this fall!  In addition to providing complementary in-class education workshops with Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte and instrumental coaching by HPO brass and woodwind musicians, Dundas Valley Secondary School students also have the opportunity to experience the HPO’s mainstage concerts at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) during the fall through a complementary ticket program in partnership with music teachers.

Seniors Residence Performance
Wednesday, January 20

A performance by the HPO String Quartet for residents of City Housing Hamilton’s Valley Manor Building and their families.

Lecture at Dundas Museum and Archives
Musically Hip:  A Musical “Style” Show with Presentation and Piano Performance from the Baroque to Early 20th Century
Thursday, February 11 at 7:30pm
Dundas Museum and Archives (139 Park ST. W., Dundas)

The Dundas Museum and Archives’ “100 Years of Fashion in the Valley” exhibit focuses on costumes from 1780-1850 but what events were people wearing these costumes to?  HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte takes us on a journey through musical style at the piano.  Hear how music changed from the baroque period, where music was based in the church or at the palace ball, to the glamorous concert stage of the classical and romantic periods.  This musical presentation shows how social and economic factors of the day impacted the type and style of music being written.  Presented in partnership with the Dundas Historical Society.

Gallery Series Concert at the Carnegie Gallery
Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30pm
Carnegie Gallery (10 King St. W., Dundas)

Join an ensemble of HPO musicians for an intimate performance of great chamber music in the inspiring Carnegie Gallery space.  This FREE performance gives Dundas residents the opportunity to enjoy the exhibit in the Carnegie Gallery while simultaneously learning about symphonic instruments and getting to know HPO musicians.  Hosted by HPO musicians themselves, guests are invited to stick around for a reception in the gallery following this engaging concert.

The Dundas Residency program is possible through the support of the Dougher Fund of the Hamilton Community Foundation.



Media Contact:
Diana Weir, Director, Communications and Development | Tel: 905.526.1677 x230 | Email: dweir@hpo.org

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 HPO continues to commission and premiere works and is one of the artistic jewels of the Hamilton area. 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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