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…

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“Why do fools fall in love?” find out @ Stage West Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                Remember the ‘Fish’ dance? Playing ‘TWISTER®’? Stereo consoles? Go-go boots?  Doo-Wop? It was the late 50’s 60’s and Lymon & Levy had a hit with ‘Why Do fools fall in love?’ The song and its lyrics are the format for Roger Bean’s latest musical iteration. Unfortunately, if you can recall the above, you might also recollect the “Marvelous Wonderettes” that was the musical showpiece at STAGE WEST a year ago and therein lies the rub!    Photo courtesy of Rob Beintema

Etienne,Pitsiladis,Lawlor & Nason strutting their stuff

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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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Hot (jazzy) night at the Pearl Company Reply

review by  Peter Lees

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’.

the members of the BIG BAND JAZZ CONNECTION

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