Welcome to our 2023-2024 Season

Each season at Chamber Music Hamilton [CMH], we present ensemble music by the master composers of what we call art music, or “fine”, or “classical” music. Artistic Director Michael Schulte often invites players from around the world to perform this music for us. We may be treated to world premieres in the same concert as music that is even hundreds of years old and stood the test of time. CMH concerts are all presented downtown in the open, bright Pavilion at the Art Gallery of Hamilton at 123 King Street West. Regardless of audience size, the layout and flexible seating allows everyone to be close to the performers for an intimate experience of the special dialogue that is chamber music.

Purchase tickets now for the 2023-24 season. Concerts are hosted at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Tanenbaum Pavilion.
Doors open at 1:30pm and concerts begin at 2:00pm.



Borromeo String Quartet

In residence at the New England Conservatory since 1992.

J.S. Bach, arr. Nicholas Kitchen:  Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1, Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor, BWV 849.

Bartok: String Quartet No. 5.

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127.



CMH Special:
Sounds of Spanish Descent

Spanish music and how it changed around the world

Michael Schulte, violin and violoncello piccolo da spalla
Jeffery McFadden, guitar, teacher at Spain’s Camino Artes festival
Matti Pulkki, accordion with Quartetto Gelato
Chris Pruden, classical and jazz piano
Robert Wolanski, crossover double bass


Early Spanish:  D. Ortiz, Recercada
Italy:  A. Corelli, La Folia
Germany:  J. S. Bach, Sarabande
Spain:  E. Granados, Spanish Dance No.5
Spain:  M. de Falla, Danse Espagnole from La Vida Breve (Michael and Jeffery), Nana and Jota (Michael and Chris)
France:  G. Bizet, Habanera and Toreador. M. Ravel, Bolero (arr. and abridged, Branga/Schulte)    
Spain:  J. McFadden, Aguardiente
Brazil:  C. Jobim, Garota de Ipanema 
Puerto Rico/USA:  L. Bernstein, Mambo from Westside Story (arr. Schulte)
Mexico:  A. Marquez Danzon  No. 2
Argentina:  A. Piazzolla, Bordel 1900, Libertango and Tanguedia No. 1



Lydian String Quartet

Based in Boston, the Quartet has a 44 year lineage.

Zhou Long: Song of the Ch’in

Ravel: String Quartet.

Brahms: String Quintet No.2 Op.111. The second viola played by Michael Schulte.



Mozart, Beethoven & Shostakovich

Masterpieces played by Michael Schulte
and friends, with pianist Leslie Kinton

Michael Schulte – violinist, CMH Artistic Director
Bethany Bergman – Principal Second violin at HPO and Esprit Orchestra
David Rose – Professor of viola at State University of New York in Buffalo
Sharon Prater – founding cellist of the Colorado String Quartet
Leslie Kinton – Canada’s famous piano duo, Anagnoson-Kinton

Beethoven: Piano Trio Op.70, No.1, “Ghost” mvt.1
Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet

Bouys LaBarre



Baroque Realisations

A concert of three-century-old music by great masters, performed on instruments not often or no longer heard

Violinist, violist, violoncello piccolo da spalla, and violino in tromba marina player,
Michael Schulte 
Concert accordionist, Joseph Petric
Chamber organist, Brent Fifield
Countertenor, Fernando Lima

G.P.Telemann: Sonata G major

J.S.Bach: Trio Sonata E flat major, BWV525

C.P.E. Bach: Violin Sonata G minor

J.S.Bach: Art of the Fugue, Contrapunctus No.1

A.Vivaldi: Sonata in Bb pour trompette & orgue, mvt. 1

H.Purcell: Strike the Viol

J.S.Bach: Sinfonia from Cantata 29, arr. Dupré/Schulte

≈ Fine ensemble performances by World Class Musicians in an Intimate Setting

Feast for the Senses

Chamber Music Hamilton concerts are Sundays at 2pm in the bright, modern Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion of the AGH where concerts happen in lots of natural light. With a bar in the concert hall you can enjoy conversation over a glass of wine or have a drink of water in intermission or following the concert. You might like to talk with the musicians. They always enjoy connecting with their audience.. Admission also includes free access to the art exhibits at the AGH so feel free to come early and have a look.

Subscribe to the whole season

Whether or not you can attend all concerts, your ongoing support helps to ensure Chamber Music Hamilton is able to continue to present its concerts in our city. The arts have always required private support by those that value the experience. Contact us by phone at 905-627-1627, or get in touch below. Talk to us about donation or legacy funding.

Brahms Quintet Recordings

CBC concert recording of Brahms Op88 string quintet played by Jonathan Crow, Andrew Wan, Eric Nowlin, Michael Schulte and Brian Manker.

Brahms Quintet, Op88 1st Movement

Brahms Quintet, Op88 2nd Movement

Brahms Quintet, Op88 3rd Movement

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