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Musically Speaking Poster

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

Composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte was born in Oxford, England, and moved to Canada as a child. Ironically, she was diagnosed incurably deaf at five. Upon moving to Canada, however, her hearing was fully intact within months. Her music has been commissioned and performed by major orchestras, presenters, music festivals and broadcasters including the Festival Présences of Paris. Abigail won first at the prestigious UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers which resulted with broadcasts in 35 countries. She won the Karen Kieser Prize (CBC), Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Opera, Quenten Doolittle Award from New Works Calgary, and a Hamilton Arts Award. 

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

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