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

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“SUZUKI”, & Jean Grieve Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

I’m not really a Suzuki person, not a Norton or even a Harley-Davidson rider…my ‘cycle is a HONDA 750. Oops, wrong category, last evening’s concert at the Oakville Centre was about the renowned ‘SUZUKI METHOD’ of musical education; and a celebration of its 40 years here & the 80thbirthday of the woman responsible for establishing it in this community.

The SUZUKI performers under DeClara’s baton

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CROW (& N.A.O.) PLAY BRAHMS Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell

The fourth concert in the Brott Music Festival was played at St. Christopher’s in Burlington on Saturday evening with a continued emphasis on the works of Johannes Brahms.  This evening we heard two of the happier works, both in D major, Symphony No. 2 and the very popular Violin Concerto.
The evening opened with the National Academy Orchestra playing Symphony No. 2, a work in four movements which was conducted tag team by Maestro Brott for the first two movements and Apprentice Conductor- Brendan Haganfor the final two movements

conductors Hagen & Brott

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