LSM Newswire

Monday, June 8, 2009

22nd Brott Music Festival Offers a Wide Spectrum of Music and Great Artists: June 13- Aug. 20

Beethoven in Burlington, Mendelssohn at 200, Russian masterpieces, plus opera favorites, choral masterworks, and even jazz and rock. Big orchestral concerts and intimate recitals, musical celebrities and up-and comers.

Under the artistic direction of Boris Brott, the 22nd Brott Music Festival has something for everyone. Between June 13 and August 20, music-lovers have at least 17 good reasons to head to the Hamilton area, and enjoy concerts in Burlington, Ancaster and the home base of Hamilton.

Details are available at www.brottmusic.com. Tickets may be ordered online or by calling 1-888-475-9377, or 905-525-SONG (7664).

As Maestro Boris Brott says, “You can enjoy both high tea and one of Canada’s finest pianists in a lovely Mendelssohn recital. Or you can catch a band and singer joining our National Academy Orchestra for an Elton John tribute. We have music inspired by paintings, which in turn inspired new works of art. We have Beethoven concertos and fine Canadian works, opera, Gilbert and Sullivan, jazz and for a grand finale, Carl Orff’s magnificent oratorio Carmina Burana, which is by turns thunderous, lusty and delicate, and always mesmerizing. And of course, an excellent array of artists from Canada, the U.S. and abroad.”

A Beethoven Piano Festival at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church in Burlington begins this year’s Brott Music Festival. For three Saturdays in June, starting June 13, 7:30 p.m., Boris Brott conducts the National Academy Orchestra in music by Beethoven and other greats, with special guest soloists. Patrons can save 10 per cent by purchasing all three concerts online.

The National Academy Orchestra gives 45 young Canadian musicians professional orchestral experience. Joining them are leading professional musicians who serve as mentors.

Following is the schedule for an unforgettable summer music experience at the 22nd Brott Music Festival, with locations:

Saturday, June 13, 7:30 p.m. – Lisiecki Plays Beethoven

St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line (at New Street), Burlington

Fourteen-year old prodigy Jan Lisiecki (www.janlisiecki.com) joins Boris Brott and the NAO for Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3. The program includes the composer’s rousing Symphony No. 2. Tickets: $25 $20 seniors $10 students

Saturday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. – A Fifth of Beethoven

St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line (at New Street), Burlington

Pianist Valerie Tryon (www.artset.net/ValerieTryon.html) performs Franck’s Variations Symphoniques and a piano concerto by Hamilton composer David Fawcett. Beethoven’s immortal Fifth Symphony rounds out this program. $25 $20 seniors $10 students

Saturday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. – Mendelssohn Meets Beethoven

St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line (at New Street), Burlington

The Festival marks the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth as Hamilton pianist Shoshana Telner (www.shoshanatelner.com) – whom Hamilton Magazine calls one of the city’s “most fascinating people and inspired individuals” – plays the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Boris Brott and the NAO also play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. $25 $20 seniors $10 students

Saturday, July 4, 7:30 p.m. – Manoukian Plays Beethoven
Mohawk College, McIntyre Theatre, 135 Fennell Ave. W. (at West 5th), Hamilton
Beethoven continues in Hamilton as violinist Catherine Manoukian (
www.catherinemanoukian.com) returns to the Festival to perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. $25 $20 seniors $10 students

Sunday, July 5, 3 p.m. – High Tea with Shoshana Telner

Adas Israel Synagogue, 125 Cline Ave. S., Hamilton

Pianist Shoshana Telner returns to serve up an afternoon of piano favourites, including Chopin’s Nocturne, Op. 27 No. 2, Bartok’s Rumanian Folk Dances, Alexina Louie’s Memories in an Ancient Garden and Liszt’s Venezia e Napoli. Tea is served at intermission. $40 $35 seniors and students

Thursday, July 9, 8 p.m. – The Gryphon Trio Plays Mendelssohn

Christ`s Church Cathedral, 252 James St. North, Hamilton

Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin; Roman Borys, cello; Jamie Parker, piano
The extraordinary musicianship of the Gryphon Trio (www.gryphontrio.com) is on display in Christos Hatzis’ Old Photographs, Chan Ka Nin’s ... and the masks evoke..., Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor and a seductive selection of Piazzola tangos. $25 $20 seniors $10 students

Saturday, July 11, 8 p.m. – Pictures At An Exhibition

Christ’s Church Cathedral, 252 James St. North, Hamilton

Mussorgsky’s brilliant Pictures at an Exhibition has inspired 10 new works of art by local artists – one for each of Pictures’ movements. They will be unveiled this evening, and projected behind the orchestra as it performs. The NAO and Maestro Brott complete the musical tableau with Harry Freedman’s Images and Respighi’s Trittico Botticelliano (Botticelli Triptych). $25 $20 seniors $10 students

ART CRAWL NOTE: NAO players will be playing in galleries in downtown Hamilton as part of the James North Art Crawl, Friday, July 10 between 7 and 11 p.m. Free admission.

Wednesday, July 15, 7:30 p.m. – Beethoven’s Emperor

Mohawk College, McIntyre Theatre, 135 Fennell Ave. W. (at West 5th), Hamilton
Acclaimed pianist Sara Davis Buechner (
www.sarabuechner.com) performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”). Boris Brott and the NAO also play Dvorak’s cheery, folk-inspired Symphony No. 8 in G and Michael Parker’s Shanadithit, a 1983 composition inspired by Native Canadian folklore. $25 $20 seniors $10 students

Saturday, July 18, 7:30 p.m. – Gilbert & Sullivan Go to the Proms!
Mohawk College, McIntyre Theatre, 135 Fennell Ave. W. (at West 5th), Hamilton
Arcady Singers and NAO; Brian Jackson, guest conductor
British operetta meets Proms highlights and hijinks in arias, duets and ensemble pieces from The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and other G&S creations. Guest conductor Brian Jackson leads the Arcady Singers (
www.arcady.ca) and the audience in such favorites as Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia. $25 $20 seniors $10 students

Wednesday, July 22, 7:30 p.m. – Russian Romantics

Mohawk College, McIntyre Theatre, 135 Fennell Ave. W. (at West 5th), Hamilton
Wonny Song, piano (
http://wonnysong.com); Martin MacDonald, guest conductor

Wonny Song (winner of the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, and the 2003 Prix d’Europe in Canada) plays Rachmaninoff’s enduringly popular Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor with Maestro Brott and the NAO. Conductor Martin MacDonald (a former NAO associate conductor) returns from Symphony Nova Scotia to conduct Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor (“Little Russian”). $25 $20 seniors $10 students

Tuesday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. – Cerovsek Plays Tchaikovsky

Mohawk College, McIntyre Theatre, 135 Fennell Ave. W. (at West 5th), Hamilton
Sensational violinist Corey Cerovsek makes his Brott Festival debut, performing the scintillating Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D minor. Maestro Brott & the NAO perform Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and a work based on Canada’s only connection to the great Beethoven – his father Alexander Brott’s Paraphrase in Polyphony. The piece is based on a canon written by Beethoven and discovered on a document signed by Beethoven and dedicated to the Quebec music teacher composer Theodore Molt (1795-1856), who visited Beethoven in Vienna. $25 $20 seniors $10 students

(A bio on Corey Cerovsek is at www.mi.sanu.ac.yu/vismath/cerovsek/co7.htm. The National Library of Canada documents the Molt-Beethoven-Brott connection, with information and a picture of the Beethoven’s composition, at http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/202/301/bulletin_nlc/2003/no4/p2-0403-01-e.html.)

Thursday, July 30, 7:30 p.m. – Jeans n Classics: Tribute to Elton John

Mohawk College, McIntyre Theatre, 135 Fennell Ave. W. (at West 5th), Hamilton
Jeans n Classics Band (drums, bass, piano and singer), Jean Meilleur, lead vocals; John Regan, vocals and piano

In an energetic fusion of symphonic rock, the band Jeans ’n Classics (www.jeansnclassics.com) returns by popular demand to perform some of the Rocket Man’s greatest hits, including Tiny Dancer, Bennie & The Jets and I’m Still Standing. Those who attended last year’s Queen tribute know the young and exuberant NAO loves to rock! $25 $20 seniors $10 students

Sunday, August 2, 3 p.m. – High Tea with Giampiero Sobrino

St. John’s Anglican Church, 272 Wilson St. E., Ancaster

Famed Italian clarinettist Giampiero Sobrino returns to the Festival, performing Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Rossini’s Variations for Clarinet and Mendelssohn’s jolly Symphony No. 4 “Italian”. Traditional High Tea is served at intermission. $40 $35 seniors and students

Thursday, August 6, 7:30 p.m. – Opera Favourites

Mohawk College, McIntyre Theatre, 135 Fennell Ave. W. (at West 5th), Hamilton
Sinead Sugrue and Michele Bogdanowicz, sopranos; Mia Lennox-Williams, mezzo-soprano; Edgardo Ramirez, tenor; Alexander Hajek, baritone

The Festival’s superb selection of the world’s best loved operatic arias and duets has become an audience favourite. Tragedy and ecstasy spring to life in highlights from La Bohème, Carmen and many more. $25 $20 seniors $10 students

Saturday, August 15, 7:30 p.m. – Hot Jazz: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson

Mohawk College, McIntyre Theatre, 135 Fennell Ave. W. (at West 5th), Hamilton
Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra; Sophia Perlman, singer

Ella Fitzgerald was known as “The First Lady of Song.” Duke Ellington called Oscar Peterson the “Maharaja of the keyboard.” Jazz saxophonist Darcy Hepner (www.darcyhepner.com) and his 16-piece jazz orchestra and Sophia Perlman, a singer who scats like Lady Ella, celebrate the legacy of these two legends. From Peterson’s Canadiana Suite to such Ella hits as How High the Moon and Satin Doll, it’s a jazz lover’s dream concert. $25 $20 seniors $10 students

Sunday, August 16, 3 p.m. – High Tea with Valerie Tryon

St. John’s Anglican Church, 272 Wilson St. E., Ancaster

Pianist Valerie Tryon, a Festival favorite, performs an all-Mendelssohn program to mark the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. She has selected Variations Sérieuses, Songs Without Words, Andante and Rondo Capriccioso and other works to perform. Traditional High Tea served at intermission. $40 $35 seniors and students

Thursday, August 20, 7:30 p.m. – Carmina Burana

Mohawk College, McIntyre Theatre, 135 Fennell Ave. W. (at West 5th), Hamilton

National Academy Orchestra conducted by Boris Brott; Leslie Fagan, soprano; John MacMaster, tenor; Peter McGillivray, baritone; Arcady Singers, Brott Music Festival Choir
Carl Orff’s choral masterpiece Carmina Burana stuns the senses and runs the musical gamut with bawdy drinking songs, exquisite soprano solos and the overwhelming O Fortuna chorus.

Canadian tenor John MacMaster opens with three great tenor arias. The 2009 Festival and NAO take their final bows with Richard Strauss’s virtuosic tone poem Don Juan. $25 $20 seniors $10 students

Labels: , ,

0 Comments:

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]



<$I18N$LinksToThisPost>:

Create a Link

<< Home