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Seniors’ Symphony Experience

Please note that HPO Seniors’ Symphony Experience programming been postponed due to COVID-19 regulations and restrictions. Please click here for full details about HPO event and activity postponements in the coming weeks. 

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 19-20 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 Ancaster Achievement 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 Lennox Toppin at 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.

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: