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Monday, May 31, 2010

Brott Summer Music Festival June 16 - August 20



“We’re going to take music lovers to the movies, bring the planets down to earth, and cool the hot summer with our jazz. And celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of two of the world’s favorite composers – Chopin and Schumann – all in 10 weeks this summer.” So promises Boris Brott, about the 23rd Brott Music Festival. Under Maestro Brott’s artistic direction, the annual summer festival presents orchestral concerts with the National Academy Orchestra, intimate recitals with great singers and stellar instrumental soloists, opera, dance, even visual art, and a salute to The King (Elvis, of course).

Details are available at Tickets may be ordered online or by calling 1-888-475-9377, or 905-525-SONG (7664). Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

Three orchestral concerts of Beethoven in Burlington open this year’s Brott Music Festival. For three Wednesdays in June, starting June 16, 7:30 p.m. at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, Boris Brott conducts the National Academy Orchestra in music by Beethoven and more, with special guest soloists – internationally celebrated Canadian cellist Denise Djokic (“arrestingly beautiful tone colour” – The Strad), leading Italian clarinetist Giampiero Sobrino, returning for his third Brott Festival appearance, and Jonathan Crow, one of Canada’s foremost violinists.

Patrons can save 20 per cent by purchasing all three concerts at one time.

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

Geneviève Leclair – winner in March of the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Award for conducting – returns for a second season as apprentice conductor with the NAO. Originally from Montreal and currently a doctoral student at Boston University, she shares her apprentice duties with Samuel Tam. A graduate of McGill University, Tam served as apprentice conductor at the Canadian Opera company, 2007-2009, and until recently was assistant to David Briskin at the University of Toronto, where he rehearsed and conducted the U of T Symphony Orchestra in 2009-10. RBC is the proud sponsor of the Apprentice Conductor position.

Following is the schedule for an unforgettable summer music experience at the 2010 Brott Music Festival, with locations:

Wednesday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. – Djokic Plays Elgar

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

Named by Maclean’s as one of the “Top 25 Canadians Who Are Changing Our World,” Denise Djokic ( brings her tremendous musicality to the 2010 debut concert as she performs the legendary Elgar Cello Concerto. Beethoven returns to Burlington as Boris Brott and the NAO round out the program with the Leonore Overture No. 3 and Symphony No. 1 in C. Tickets $30 | $25 seniors | $10 students

Wednesday, June 23, 7:30 p.m. – The Pastorale

St. Christopher’s Anglican, Burlington

Italian clarinetist Giampiero Sobrino returns to the Brott Festival to perform Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major and Debussy’s Première Rhapsody with the NAO, which also plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale). $30 | $25 senior | $10 students

Wednesday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. – Crow Plays Mendelssohn

St. Christopher’s Anglican, Burlington

Violinist Jonathan Crow performs the beloved Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Boris Brott conducts the NAO in Beethoven’sSymphony No. 3 (Eroica), and the Canadian-Chinese Folk Song Suite by An-Lun Huang. $30 | $25 senior | $10 students

Friday, July 2, 7:30 p.m. – Great Vibes: Appleyard the Legend

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

Canadian jazz great, vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, regales audiences with music from favorite standards to contemporary classics in an intimate and gracious setting. A light meal is included, and a cash bar is available. $40 | $35 seniors

Sunday. July 4, 3 p.m. – High Tea: The Life & Letters of Chopin

St. James Anglican, 137 Melville St., Dundas

Two centuries after his birth, Chopin’s letters reveal inspirations in music and his personal life, particularly his intensely complicated relationship with the writer George Sand. Pianist Valerie Tryon performs his Prelude in F sharp minor, Polonaise in A flat, Nocturne in E and other sparkling favourites. The script by Dr. Alan Walker is narrated by Aubrey Boothman, withJacqui Templeton Muir and Robert Latimer reading the letters. $40 | $35 seniors

Wednesday, July 7, 7:30 p.m. – Gershwin Goes to the Movies

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

Violinist Lindsay Deutsch returns to perform two favorite tunes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, as arranged by Jascha Heifetz, and the world premiere of Rhapsody in Red for Violin and Orchestra, arranged by Howard Cable. The NAO also performs other excerpts from the Porgy and Bess Suite as arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett, as well as Leonard Bernstein’sOn the Waterfront Suite and John Williams’ Star Wars Suite. $27 | $22 seniors | $10 students

Sunday, July 11, 8 p.m. – The Planets!

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

Visual art brings a new dimension to two musical masterpieces. For a second year, the Brott Festival has invited Hamilton artists to create original works to be projected behind the orchestra as it performs Holst’s The Planets and Respighi’s Pines of Rome.This innovative program is perfectly complemented by Maxime Goulet’s Défilé des Marionnettes and Ryan Trew’s Starlike, a 2010 Olympic composition. $27 | $22 seniors | $10 students

Wednesday, July 14, 7:30 p.m. – Summer Evening at the Proms

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

Ex-pat maestro Brian Jackson conducts an unabashedly patriotic celebration of all musical things British. Amidst the Proms hijinks are such favorites as Sir Henry Wood's Fantasy on British Sea Songs, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and much more. $30 | $25 seniors | $10 students

Saturday, July 17, 8 p.m. – Mahler’s Fourth

Christ’s Church Cathedral, Hamilton

Described by the composer as “a child’s conception of heaven and the color of blue sky,” the Fourth Symphony is Mahler’s most joyous and warmth-filled work. The Bavarian folk song of the last movement is sung by soprano Leslie Anne Bradley. $27 | $22 seniors | $10 students

Sunday, July 18, 3 p.m. – High Tea with Jacqueline Woodley

St. James Anglican, 137 Melville St., Dundas

Jacqueline Woodley, soprano & Laryssa Gulenco, piano: High tea and a high soprano serve up a delicious selection of arias, including Ah! Je veux vivre from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Bernstein’s Glitter and Be Gay, and Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate. Traditional High Tea served at intermission. $40 | $35 seniors

Thursday, July 22, 7:30 p.m. – Opera’s Greatest Hits

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

This year’s edition of the annual audience favorite features such enduring operatic arias and ensembles as Puccini’s Che gelida manina from La bohème and Nessun dorma from Turandot, The Flower Duet from Lakmé, the Habanera from Carmen, and such Verdi favorites as the quartet from Rigoletto are performed by soprano Sinead Sugrue, mezzo soprano Emilia Boteva, tenor Kurt Lehmann, and bass John Fanning. $28 | $23 seniors| $10 students

Saturday, July 24 – Big Band Sounds In Muskoka:

Windermere House Front Lawn, 2 p.m. (

Tenor Michael Burgess Canada’s Les Miz superstar – sings Broadway selections, and the National Academy Orchestra plays big band arrangements by Howard Cable and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1. The Windermere concert includes an audience sing-along to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and other favorites. Free to guests.

Deerhurst Resort, 8 p.m. (

Patrons can dance the night away at Muskoka’s most anticipated Big Band blockbuster. Michael Burgess joins Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra for an evening of great swing, jazz and other classics by the likes of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James and Artie Shaw. With a complimentary dessert buffet, cash bar, and a silent auction to benefit the National Academy Orchestra. Dance only: $60 per person / Two-night Weekend Package including accommodation and concert: From $249 pp.

Thursday, July 29, 7:30 p.m. – Jan Lisiecki: Chopin at 200 Gala

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

Hailed internationally as possessing the musicality and interpretive powers of a master, 15-year-old Calgary pianist Jan Lisieckijoins Boris and the NAO for a special Chopin celebration. Lisiecki has toured from Cannes to Carnegie Hall and has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax and Pinchas Zukerman. His debut CD, featuring the two Chopin concerti, was awarded a Diapason d’Or in May 2010. Tonight, he performs three Chopin masterpieces including Rondo alla Krakowiak and the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor. ( A post-concert reception is hosted by the Polish Canadian Women’s Association. $27 | $22 seniors | $10 students

Wednesday, August 4, 7:30 p.m. – Elvis: The Way It Was

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

Stephen Kabakos is Elvis Presley. From his Memphis beginnings to the army to the 1968 comeback, the Brott Festival celebrates The King with Jailhouse Rock, Love Me Tender, Suspicious Minds and more of Elvis’ greatest hits. Stephen Kabakos evokes The King with his uncanny vocal and physical resemblance and mannerisms. ( He is joined by the young and exuberant NAO and a gospel choir. $34 | $29 seniors | $22 students

Saturday, August 7, 7:30 p.m. – Rachmaninoff Meets Tchaikovsky

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

Pianist Alexei Gulenco, prizewinner in numerous international piano competitions, gives a showstopping performance of what may be the most technically demanding of all piano concerti, the luxuriant and melancholic Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor. ( Boris Brott and the NAO also play Jordan Pal’s On the Double Concert Overture and Tchaikovsky’s soulful Symphony No. 5 in E minor. $27 | $22 seniors | $10 students

Sunday, August 8, 3 p.m. – High Tea: Composers In Love

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

On this 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann’s birth, the composer’s profound emotions are explored, along with those of his wife Clara and the composer Johannes Brahms. With Aubrey Boothman as narrator, Robert Latimer reads excerpts of letters by both Robert Schumann and Brahms, while Jacqui Templeton Muir reads Clara’s. Pianist Valerie Tryon performs the beautiful music they inspired each other to write, including Brahms’ Lullaby, Schumann’s Romanze in F sharp and Clara Wieck’sTrio, Op. 17. $40 | $35 seniors | $20 students

Saturday, August 14, 7:30 p.m. – Legends & Firebirds

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

Dance, music and visuals provide a dazzling array as Canadian performing legend Veronica Tennant retells the tale of the spectacular, glowing Firebird, 100 years after it was first performed. Dancers from the Ottawa School of Ballet bring the legend to life as they dance original choreography by Merrilee Hodgins. The evening also features the world premiere of Malcolm Forsyth’s Aboriginal-themed Trickster Coyote---Lightning Elk, composed especially for Mohawk-Canadian violinist Tara-Louise Montour. $27 | $22 seniors | $10 students

Sunday, August 15, 3 p.m. – High Tea: Forbidden Music Revealed

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

Soprano Sharon Azrieli and pianist Shoshana Telner unite to perform music by composers who were banned by authorities. Under Stalin and Hitler, composers like Prokofiev, Weill and Mendelssohn were seen as threats to governments, even after their lifetime. Yet each remained determined, during in his life, to create works of art that have endured to this day. Berlin-based Canadian historian Misha Aster, author of The Reich’s Orchestra, returns home to narrate his searing script for this concert. $40 | $35 seniors

Friday, August 20, 7:30 p.m. – Beethoven’s Ninth

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

Leslie Fagan, soprano |Lauren Segal, mezzo soprano

Michael Colvin, tenor | Daniel Lichti, bass-baritone

Arcady Singers | Brott Festival Choir

The international song of joy and brotherhood rings out in all its grandeur as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony closes the festival with its stirring Ode to Joy chorus. Triumph of the Spirit by Srul Irving Glick is the perfect companion piece to Beethoven’s inspirational message. $27 | $22 seniors | $10 students

Websites for Brott Music Festival Artists include:

Jonathan Crow:

Leslie Ann Bradley:

Michael Burgess :

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