Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

Enriching the cultural life of our region through high-calibre performances.

Through our Mainstage concert series at FirstOntario Concert Hall, Music Director Gemma New and our professional musicians present dynamic orchestral performances ranging from standard classical repertoire to world premieres by living composers.

Gemma New is internationally acclaimed, bringing insightful interpretations and a strong vision to our season programming. Our core of professional musicians are mainstays of the southern Ontario music industry; many are frequently engaged by the National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Opera Company, Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, and professional orchestras and ensembles across the country. Our orchestra is frequently joined on stage by international soloists as well as local talent.

Contributing to wellness through shared music experiences.

Regardless of level of training, our relationship to music is meaningful and powerful. Shared experiences through music can contribute to maintaining and enhancing our sense of wellbeing. Through accessible programming for community members of all ages, the HPO is committed to promoting wellbeing through music in new and innovative ways.

Our Seniors Connect program combats social isolation in our community, inviting older adults to attend our concerts and building relationships through a shared interest in music. The Memory Café program offers a relaxed environment for older adults with memory issues to enjoy music. Our Wellbeing partners include Caroline Place, Hamilton Public Library, McMaster University’s LIVELab and YWCA.

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