Valerie; Boris; and the N.A.O. Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
Last evening the Brott Music Festival presented one of those extraordinary concerts that made one glad to be an audience member who witnessed such finesse. The N.A.O. played achieved a new level of excellence so far this season and soloist, Valerie Tryon was brilliant.The concert began with Elgar’s’ Enigma Variations. It is a set of fourteen variations and is among his best known works.

Tryon greeting fans, post concert

Tryon greeting fans, post concert

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Bloody Assizes; gutsy Brott! Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell
Sunday was the 200th Anniversary of the Ancaster Bloody Assizes which was celebrated at Fieldcote Museum with plays, speeches and an orchestral concert by the National Academy Orchestra as part of the Brott Music Festival. I thought I had arrived on site early but a play was in progress so I quietly erected my camp-chair & watched the sad demise of those hanged [hung?] after being found guilty of treason at the Bloody Assize. They did have a trial and not all were found guilty.

Brott; his 'sidearm' & some NAO musicians doing the "1812".

Brott; his ‘sidearm’; & some NAO musicians doing the “1812″.

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Romeo; Juliet; N.B.of C. dancers; & the NAO Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

♪ I like to be in America; O.K. by me in America; Everything free in America… for a small fee in America! ♪.

Sondheim’s unsubtle dichotomy about reality facing the ‘Sharks’; Puerto Ricans in 1960’s NYC; packs a punch that equals even the best Hammerstein lyrics. Attending a Brott Festival concert homage-ing musical adaptations of Romeo & Juliet had this scribbler salivating at another opportunity to sub-rosa singing along with Bernstein’s West Side Story. Lamentably, Boris & the NAO played the suite…not the overture. So; no “America”.

Wang and Pereria interpreting SLEEPING BEAUTY

Wang and Pereria interpreting SLEEPING BEAUTY

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“From Broadway…with ‘LIKE’ ” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
Hamilton lost a major supporter of everything artistic with the passing of Pauline Zamprogna. It was only fitting that the Brott Festival presented a tribute concert dedicated to her memory and to the music that she so enjoyed. Her son, acting as an M.C. recalled the shows in which she either performed or relished. In other words those she really liked. This writer also happens to be a fan of the Broadway genre.

The soloists; Zambrogna 'mishpocha' and chorus taking their bows

The soloists; Zambrogna ‘mishpocha’ and chorus taking their bows

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The Brott Summer Festival; continues, even further 1

Reviews by Judith Caldwell

FLY ME TO THE MOON”, via the NAO
Boris Brott and the N. A. O. accompanied Chris Jason, as Frank Sinatra, flew us to the moon and back. I have always been a bit leery of musicians who ‘cover’ other musicians, it often makes for a nostalgic and slightly boring evening, but trust the Brott Music Festival to do it properly and give us wonderful music plus a lot of fun.

Sinatra tribute by NAO                                                     Knipple, Brott and Jason

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N.A.O. – an OK Eroica; an ‘OMG’ Emperor! Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

                    Brott Festival’s Jacqui Muir, in welcoming the BPAC audience asked that ‘conducting between movements be curtailed…she corrected this to applause which can be distracting. However, I hope she didn’t really want to restrict those of us familiar enough with the scheduled works from slightly tapping out the tempi or even an occasional theme hum. Tonight it was Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony and his fifth piano concerto; two genuine favorites of this scribe.

Arthur Ozolins performing Beethoven's "Emperor" with the NAO

Arthur Ozolins performing Beethoven’s “Emperor” with the NAO

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