Last night was a fantastic way to kick off the hot summer at the Pearl Co located on Steven Street. The Jazz Connection Big Band closed out their 13th season with a blistering set of infectious toe-tapping music. The 17 piece jazz band based out of Hamilton is truly one of the best kept secrets in our city. Drummer Steve Wilsonpowered this group through standards such as ‘The Count Is In’ and ‘Take the A Train’.
Where to start describing the final concert at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church in Burlingtonon Friday night ? First this orchestra has only been performing together for five weeks and these young people are getting more precise and crisp with each outing. They are led by Maestro Boris Brott whose experience, high expectations and good humour has them responding. They also clearly enjoy being led occasionally by Brendan Hagan, the apprentice conductor.
Review by Tony Kilgannon
The 2nd concert of the BROTT SUMMER FESTIVAL – A Double of Brahms was a thoroughly satisfying evening of great music beautifully played, and listened to under conditions that I think were absolutely ideal. The evening began with the Fidelio Overture, a piece which is unmistakeably Beethoven. The concert programme announced it as his “middle period symphonic style” (that alone would get the rapt attention of this huge fan of the Fifth Symphony!). It was conducted by Brendan Hagan, Maestro Brott’s apprentice, and was a delight, allowing the mind to focus, the ears to tune, and something inside the listener to open up and receive the music. Like so many of life’s pleasure’s Fidelio seems too short!
Maestro Brott stepped back onto the conductor’s podium for Brahms’ Symphony No.3 in F major. Before lifting his baton to the orchestra, informed us, along with other things, that Brahms is interpreted in more than one way, depending partly on the size of the orchestra.
Review by Tony Kilgannon
The tyrannical overlords at the Ontario Arts Review are expecting a 500- word critique of the opening concert of the 2012 Brott Music Festival, but I can do it in 3 letters; OMG. Happily, it’s not necessary to be that brief. Everything about this concert was just about perfect. The venue was St. Christopher’s Anglican Church in Burlington. When we arrived, there was plenty of free parking, and the building was very welcoming (when one has been to a lot of folk and rock concerts, these are notthings taken for granted!)
The fourth concert in the series Five at the First featured Akemi Mercer, violin and Dirk Niewoehner, viola playing two duets for violin & viola plus a solo for each instrument. Prior to each work Akemi amused us by telling something about each composers love life; none of it very salacious.
Our first composer was Bohuslav Martinu, a Czech who relocated in Paris to meet other musicians and then was forced to move to the United States when he fell afoul of the Nazis during World War II. More…
Review by George Crotty
“…This isn’t Los Angeles, or New York, or any other major city; this is Oakville…” Anthony Ward-Smith said at the intermission of the Masterwork’s rendition of Mahler’s 2nd symphony on Saturday night. He was right- you could tell you were in Oakville. Masterworks, isn’t exactly perfect, and Oakville is farther from the Los Angeles Philharmonic than it looks.