The National Academy Orchestra of Canada under the baton of Boris Brott offered a Romantic and Fantastic evening of music to a sold-out audience despite the competition from the opening ceremonies of the Pan Am Games. The evening began with some new music from a young Canadian composer, Jordan Pal, who was in the audience. “‘Burn’ brings to mind the qualities, characteristics and properties of fire: its volatile, destructive and unpredictable nature; and its often overlooked sublime and evanescent states” according to the helpful and descriptive program notes.
Review by Judith Caldwell
The second concert in this year’s Brott Music Festival, somewhat confusingly entitled ‘Viva L’Italia’ as there were only two Italian composers on the program and one of those is famous for his gypsy music. However, the other composers did stick to the Italian theme. Rossini’s Overture to An Italian in Algiers was the opener. Conducted by Apprentice Janna Sailor, she made this orchestra of young inexperienced players sound as though they had played together for years. It was a crisp, precise rendition that was full of drama and texture. *
Review by Judith Caldwell
The 2015 Brott Summer Music Festival opened with a varied program of 20th Century music including a Mozart Violin Concerto and a very rarely-heard Bruckner Symphony played by the director’s NAO ensemble. This is the only professional apprentice/mentor orchestra in Canada and hundreds of gifted graduating musicians audition for the 50+ places each year. The successful candidates have the opportunity to play a huge repertoire in a brief few weeks. It is an intense and unique program.
This evening opened with a 1945 Oskar Morawetz composition, Carnival Overture.
Editorial by Terry Gaisin
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SHAW is always a something-for-everyone event. Jackie Maxwell selects productions that educate; entertain and are continually a challenging stage for her repertory thespians. STRATFORD consistently re-tutors us in the works of Shakespeare as well as other classics. The BROTT NAO series of concerts, gives an opportunity to new graduates to perform alongside experienced professionals. The TORONTO Fringe presents 150 1-hour plays that are un-pre-juried…so anything goes.
Review by Ailine Hess
The Hamilton Philharmonic closed its 2014-2015 season at Hamilton Place with a concert was directed by former conductor James Sommerville, who also appeared as the soloist for the evening. The program included major orchestral works from the 18th and19th centuries. The concert opened with Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major, K.495. This work was completed in 1786 and was composed for Ignaz Leutgeb. Many soloists conduct while performing, but the French horn soloist plus conductor present unique challenges.
Review by Danny Gaisin
Just over a year ago, the H. P. O. began auditioning for a replacement artistic director/conductor. Like all those companies that market kitchen and laundry detergent, they wanted to announce something ‘New and Improved’. The first candidate was a young woman from down-under and according to this scribe; the evening was “A melodic banquet”. The major selection – a personal Beethoven favorite and the guest conductor was maestra Gemma New.