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 $12!
Advanced purchase required. For tickets call the HPO Box Office at 905-526-7756 or click below.
Click here for a full listing of the 18-19 Seniors’ Talk and Tea schedule.
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 Kim Varian at email@example.com or call 905.526.1677 x222.
Public Talks and Performances
The HPO contributes to making our region the best place to age successfully through talks and free performances for seniors. Talks are hosted by Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte and offer insights into the composers featured on the mainstage, accompanied by demonstrations on the piano.
The following is a list of 18-19 talks and HPO ensemble performances. These events are one hour long and are open to the public. Please contact the venues to register.
Music and Hearing Loss: Can they go Together?
Tuesday, October 9 at 11 am
Hamilton Public Library, Central branch (Hamilton Room, Ground Floor. 55 York Blvd)
Join us as we examine how Beethoven’s life evolved due to his struggle with deafness. With a focus on aging-related hearing loss, this engaging multidisciplinary talk will feature musical demonstrations by HPO’s String Quartet and a joint presentation by Abigail Richardson-Schulte, HPO’s Composer-in-Residence, and Dr. Dan Bosnyak, Technical Director from McMaster’s LIVELab.
Free Admission. RSVP here.
Ancaster Achievement Centre (622 Alberton Rd S, Ancaster)
Beyond the Music Talk: From Broadway to Tin Pan Alley
November 2, 2018 at 10am
Beyond the Music Talk: Debussy & Holst The Planets
March 8, 2019 at 10am
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.
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 is hosted by Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte. The talk starts at 6:30pm on concert nights and is open to all ticket holder.
Seniors’ programming supported in part by:
Dougher Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation