Brott Music Festival
The Brott Music Festival was founded in 1987 by Boris Brott to celebrate and explore orchestral music for all ages, venturing into multidisciplinary and multicultural programming; and creating new concerts and series that showcase the best of new Canadian compositions, composers and artists. The Festival's orchestra-in-residence is the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, which has been recognized as a National School of Music in 1999 by the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Brott Music Festival presents 15 to 20 concerts throughout the year with at least one orchestral performance each week during the months of June, July, and August.
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Brott in the Park - A Sensational, Safe and Socially Distanced Concert Series
This application is for the “Brott In the Park (a Sensational, Safe and Socially Distanced Concert Series)”, a series of five classical, rock, and musical theatre concerts, all featuring a live symphony orchestra taking place at the at the Ancaster Fairgrounds in Hamilton from June 21 to August 13, 2021. Performances will be drive-in and will include big screen projections, professional sound and lighting, and food trucks on site. All performances will feature Boris Brott conducting the National Academy Orchestra of Canada alongside a variety of soloists, opera singers, fully costumed theatre singers, dancers and a rock and roll band. Programming includes: (1) Beethoven’s In Your Bubble! (June 21-23 rehearsals, June 24 performance): Beethoven's 5th Symphony featuring Stephane Tetrault on cello; (2) Bohemian Rhapsody in The Park: The Music of Queen (July 7 rehearsals, July 8 performance) featuring rock and roll band Jeans N Classics, Michael Shotton performing the music of Queen with the full symphony orchestra; (3) Opera in The Park: Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte (July 1-9 rehearsals, July 10-14 performances); (4) Tailgate With Tchaikovsky (July 19-21 rehearsals, July 22 performance) performance of The Pathétique Symphony featuring pianist Stewart Goodyear, who was called “one of the best pianists of his generation” by the Philadelphia Inquirer; and (5) The Sound of Music in The Park (July 14-23 rehearsals, July 24-28 performances) directed by Lou Zamprogna. Boxed snacks and lunches will be available for curbside pickup either by patrons on their way into the Fairgrounds, or on their way to the concert at a selection of Hamilton/Ancaster restaurants that the Festival will partner with. These would be available at an extra cost to patrons. Brott Music will partner with local agencies and social services to offer special prices and consideration will be given to those individuals and families hard hit by Covid-19. Public sector partners include: the Department of Canadian Heritage (National Training Program); the Ontario Arts Council; and the City of Hamilton.