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With sadness, the board of directors of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the 19-20 Season.
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A Message from Board Chair Anne Tennier and Interim Executive Director Kim Varian 

To our patrons and Hamilton community, 

At this unprecedented time, it is our sincere hope that you and your family are keeping well under the extraordinary circumstances. As we take in new information day by day, hour by hour, we feel more strongly than ever our organization’s duty to contribute to the common effort and support the health of our community. 

Sadly, this means that the board of directors of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra has made the difficult but prudent decision to cancel the remainder of the 19-20 Season. Cancelled programs include April and May mainstage concerts, while postponed events include March and May Intimate & Immersive concerts and all community and education programs scheduled through the end of June 2020. 

This decision was taken with great care. Our commitment to the HPO’s long-term vitality is paramount for us all, and this means supporting our core musicians, conductor and staff. Therefore, we will ensure that our core musicians are supported through these turbulent times by paying them for April and May mainstage services. We will also retain all administrative and artistic staff as they work through supporting our organization and community through this season and planning the 20-21 Season. We thank the board of directors for their careful stewardship of the organization’s finances over the past several years so that we can weather this storm. 

The COVID-19 crisis is difficult financially for all industries, and the impact on arts organizations will be significant. While we can’t know what lies ahead with this health crisis, the HPO is a resilient organization and we will continue to make thoughtful and informed decisions and persevere with support from our community. 

Our team has received many kind messages from patrons and we are truly grateful for your words of support. During this challenging time, we know that music offers more than ever. Our art reminds us of some of our strongest attributes—compassion for one another, resilience and our ability to work together toward a higher goal. Since musicians first formed the Hamilton Orchestral Society in 1884, our organization has persisted through a belief in the power of our art form and a spirit of unified effort. Our orchestra has risen to overcome challenges in the past, and we will be here to offer the experience of live concerts together in the future. 

In the meantime, please know that Music Director Gemma New, our musicians and all of us at the HPO are thinking of you. We deeply miss sharing our music with you, our audience, and look forward to meeting again in September at FirstOntario Concert Hall. 


Anne Tennier
Chair, HPO Board of Directors

Kim Varian
Interim Executive Director

Updated March 31, 2020  

Ticket Information 

At this time, the following concerts and events are cancelled or postponed 

  • March 13: Seniors’ Talk & Tea, Haydn’s London (Cancelled)  
  • March 14: Haydn’s London (Cancelled)  
  • March 26: Intimate & Immersive: Earthshine (Postponed)  
  • April 17 and 18: Sci-Fi Spectacular (Cancelled) 
  • May 8: Seniors’ Talk & Tea, Beethoven Nine (Cancelled) 
  • May 9, 2pm and 7:30pm: Beethoven Nine (Cancelled) 
  • May 21: Intimate & Immersive: Dragon Unfolding (Postponed) 

Ticketholders are being contacted with options, which include donating the value of tickets for a charitable tax receipt or requesting a refund. Please email with questions. 

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HPO at Home
In the days and weeks ahead, the HPO will continue to offer beautiful and inspiring musical moments through digital channels. Staff are currently working with Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte and HPO musicians to produce online interviews and stories. Staff are also actively compiling a list of digital arts resources from across the web, along with educational resources for children and ways to support local businesses. These resources can be found through the HPO at Home page, in weekly e-newsletters and on the organization’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages. 


20-21 Season Launch
The HPO has chosen to delay the announcement of the new season and extend deadlines for subscribers to receive early bird pricing. The announcement of the 20-21 Season will come in early May. 


Please note: In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, the HPO administrative offices and box office are closed effective March 17 through April 5, 2020. HPO staff are working at home and can assist via phone or email during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.