Promoting connection, vitality and wellbeing through music.
In the absence of in-person concerts and events, we have learned that, now more than ever, shared experiences involving music and the arts are essential to maintaining and enhancing wellbeing.
We would like to highlight just a few of the many wellbeing initiatives that we are working on with partners in the community, as well as what it means to the volunteers and participants who support this work.
There is no group that has felt the devastating effects of the pandemic more than older adults. Months of social isolation and lack of programming are taking their toll, with no end in sight.
In December of 2020, we introduced a new program to bring the HPO to older adults who are without internet access and who face social isolation. Our telephone-based program offers weekly educational talks by Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte and music performed by our chamber ensembles. We are grateful to work closely with partners including the YWCA, City Housing Hamilton and Caroline Place to deliver this program.
The HPO continues to offer free online talks, performances and participatory events, such as February’s Composer Festival and through partnerships with the Hamilton Public Library and Burlington Public Library.
The need to invest in our community has never been greater. Please give to support our work in wellbeing. With your generosity, we will continue to offer impactful programs that enhance our everyday lives.