A Verdi wonderful night & a successful closer Reply

Reviewed by Tony Kilgannon
The folks of the 2012 Brott Festival must have gone home very, very pleased on Thursday night, after their season closer at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, and they certainly deserved to. Entitled Finale- The Magnificent Masterpiece, it featured the Verdi Requiem in its entirety, with a full orchestra, massed choir of almost eighty singers, and four exquisite soloists.

the massed choir,N.A.O.musicians & soloists on stage



‘Rule Britannia’ plus Mendelssohn Reply

Reviewed by Judith Caldwell
Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra treated us to an evening of British music plus Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto #1.  At first this might seem like an odd choice but it turns out that Mendelssohn was a great Anglophile who lived in Britain for extended periods and was a great favourite of Queen Victoria.

Valerie & sister Jacqui Muir


By George, that’s Gershwin…by Brott Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell
                The Brott Concert on Thursday evening at the wonderful new Burlington Performing Arts Centre was brim full of North American music.   Most of it was familiar music by George Gershwin plus Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite, but one piece we heard was a Premier.  This was the Chocolate Symphony composed by Maxime Goulet and dedicated to Ardyth & Boris Brott in thanks for their support over the last several years.  More…

A taste of Puccini; courtesy of the N.A.O. Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                Giacomo Puccini; he of the amazing operatic arias and an affinity for hyperbolic lyrics was the guest of last evening’s Brott Festival concert. The great man, (aka Aubrey Boothman) iterated the why’s & how’s behind two of his most popular works; then narrated the librettos for Tosca and Butterfly

Delaney,Segal,Yamazaki,Ramirez & PUCCINI!

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The N.A.O & “Rousing Russians” Reply

Review by Tony Kilgannon
“Rousing Russians” was the theme of the Brott Music Festival event at Mohawk College’s McIntyre Theatre, and the program (obviously) emphasized works by Russian composers. The series’ namesake was not present, but he left the helm of his National Academy Orchestra in the good hands of Guest Conductor Martin MacDonald, with help from apprentice Brendan Hagan.

What a night, and what an orchestra it was! The sound was rich, clear, precise and confident. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing these musicians in two very different venues, and in both situations been impressed with their power and range. More…

N.A.O. tributes “KISS” & “QUEEN” Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell
When the cat is away the mice will play.  On Saturday Boris Brott was away attending the wedding of his son. While he was away Brendan Hagan, his apprentice conductor, led the Brott National Academy Orchestra in a rock concert featuring the music of the rock groups KISS, and “Queen”.

Michael Shotton doing QUEEN