July 15th, WRAP UP.  Like always, some good, some great, and unfortunately – some unworthy, but overall – the GOOD & the GREAT! This year there were two that the team felt are contenders for our TOP TEN list. “JEM ROLLS” & “NUMBERS”…read us in December and see if they’re included. 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


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


Pianist Rizikov performs with the N.A.O. Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell

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.

guest soloist RIZIKOV…not your average teenager!


“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