Age is a gift and we’re proud to offer seniors discounts on mainstage concert tickets and special programming designed with the senior in mind.

Seniors’ Talk & Tea Series

Join HPO Composer-in-Residence, Abigail Richardson-Schulte, for an informative and entertaining glimpse into the lives and music of the composers featured in our mainstage concerts. Abigail plays the piano to demonstrate musical style, form and comparison between the composers. Event includes coffee, tea, treats and a behind the scenes visit to your HPO’s rehearsal at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) – all for just $10!

Advanced purchase required. For tickets call the HPO Box Office at 905-526-7756 or click below.

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17-18 Season dates:

Friday, September 22, 2017
Russian Celebrations
11AM – 12:30PM

Friday, October 20, 2017
Best of Italian Opera
2PM – 3:30PM

Friday,February 16, 2018
Gemma Conducts Haydn
11AM – 12:30PM

Friday, March 16, 2018
Beethoven’s Transition to the Romantic Era
11AM – 12:30PM

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
From the New World
11AM – 12:30PM

Friday, May 11, 2018
Music of the Americas
11AM – 12:30PM

Seniors’ Talk & Tea supported in part by:


Classical 101 Talk Series

Your HPO brings the joy and enrichment of orchestral music to Hamilton’s senior communities through the Classical 101 Talk Series in partnership with local senior residences and retirement homes.

We are proud to partner with senior centres and residences across the community including Amica at Dundas, Caroline Place, St. Joseph’s Villa and Sackville Hill Seniors Recreation Centre to offer our engaging and informative Classical Music 101 talk.  This presentation by HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte takes listeners on a journey through the Baroque, Classical and Romantic time periods. Learn about the stories behind the music, the composers and hear how orchestral music grew and changed over the centuries–all in one hour!

If you are interested in bringing a talk to your retirement residence or recreation centre, please contact Stephanie Laporte at or call 905.526.1677 x230.

Inside the Music: Pre-concert Talk Series

The HPO’s Inside the Music series offers you the opportunity to learn more about the music you love before attending an HPO mainstage concert at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place). Composers, musicians, writers and professors from across the city offer insight on compelling and interesting facets of the music heard at each mainstage concert. Inside the Music starts at 6:30pm on concert days and is open to any ticket holder.

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!

Click here for a full listing of HPO @ the Library events.

Seniors’ programming supported in part by:




Dougher Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation

Edith H. Turner Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation