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Duration: 90 Minutes

Musically Speaking, Tchaikovsky’s Fate with the HPO

Join the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and The Westdale for a series of fascinating music appreciation talks with performances on the big screen! HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte shares captivating stories about some of history’s most celebrated composers. Each talk features unique video recordings from HPO performances. Traverse music history with The Westdale and the HPO in this brand-new series!

Sponsored by: incite Foundation for the Arts


A significant figure of the Romantic Era, Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s music evokes powerful emotion, representative of his often-turbulent life. HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte takes audiences on a compelling journey through Tchaikovsky’s life and musical impact. We explore the political and social culture he was working within and the lasting legacy of his music. A video of the HPO’s performance of his fateful Symphony No. 4 compliments this talk.

Abigail Richardson-Schulte

HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte explores the life and career of Leonard Bernstein, one of the 20th Century’s most iconic musical figures, ahead of a screening of Maestro. In the film, Bradley Cooper directs and stars as Leonard Bernstein in a biographical drama that centers on his relationship with actress Felicia Montealegre. In her introduction, Abigail shares unique insights into Bernstein’s work, tumultuous personal life, and his musical contemporaries, setting the stage for Maestro to round out the fascinating and often dramatic life of Leonard Bernstein.

Special Event Pricing in Effect (all taxes and fees included)

$15.00 – Adult/Child/Student/Senior/Member