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HAMILTON - The sounds of cool classics, hot jazz and classic rock are in the air – it must be summer! The Brott Music Festival returns for its 25th season and is promised to be better than ever!

“You have been there for us every step of the way with encouragement, applause, affirmation and in ever greater numbers,” says Maestro Boris Brott, who founded the Festival as a two week event in 1988. “We are all blessed and we thank you. You are the best and you deserve the best. We have a truly celebratory season for you, with panoply of musical experiences for people of all ages and musical tastes.”

Brott, who has spent the winter conducting two months of opera performances in Italy, boasts that no matter how exciting his life is in Europe, the Festival is “home” to him and the Brott Music Festival audience is his favourite audience.

While the Festival celebrates its 25th year, the National Academy Orchestra (NAO), the Festival’s orchestra-in-residence, will commemorate this milestone in 2013. The NAO comprises top graduating music students from across Canada and players from the country’s finest orchestras who act as “mentor musicians” in the stands. “Our orchestra is unusual and enthusiastic – featuring Canada’s most accomplished young musicians embarking on professional careers with seasoned performers,” says Brott. “This makes for very engaging and excited performances!”


The 2012 schedule for Brott Music Festival’s 25th Anniversary season is as follows (dates, locations, and times):

Saturday, July 14th, 7:30 pm – Rousing Russians
Mohawk College, McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, 135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton
Alexei Gulenco, piano
Tchaikovsky’s universally popular Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat with piano virtuoso, Alexei Gulenco will leave you breathless! Igor Stravinsky’s ballet masterpiece Petrushka (1947) and Robert Rival’s epic Achilles Scamander complete this program of spectacular Slavic music.
$32 (reg) ǀ $27 (sr) ǀ $15 (stu)
*Reserved seating $6

Thursday, July 19th, 7:30 pm – Summer Double Bill: Flute, Harp & Mahler
Redeemer College, 777 Garner Rd E, Ancaster
Susan Hoeppner, flute
Judy Loman, harp
Mozart’s magical Flute & Harp Concerto in C Major with brilliant soloists Susan Hoeppner and Judy Loman. WE conclude with Mahler’s majestic Symphony No. 1 “The Titan”. Enjoy the stunning sounds of summer!
$32 (reg) ǀ $27 (sr) ǀ $15 (stu)
*Reserved seating $6

Sunday, July 22, 3 pm – High Tea: Just Pipes
St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line, Burlington
Matthew Jones, recorder
Jan Overduin, organist
Matthew Jones and Jan Overduin enchant with dramatic musical expressions of the Baroque era. Delectable sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and jam, delicious pastries and of course your tea served at intermission.
$40 (reg) ǀ $35 (sr) ǀ $25 (stu)

Thursday, July 26th, 7:30 pm – Opera Gala - Puccini Masterpieces: Highlights from Tosca & Madame Butterfly
Mohawk College, McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, 135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton
Mina Yamazaki, soprano
Lauren Segal, mezzo
Edgar Ernesto Ramirez, tenor
Todd Delaney, baritone
Opera that cries out in drama and pathos. Two monumental operas in one evening. Recondit armonia, Visi D’arte, un bel di, E lucevan le stella and The Flower Duet “tutti fior” – just a selection of the many Puccini arias whose melodies will stir your soul.
$32 (reg) ǀ $27 (sr) ǀ $15 (stu)
*Reserved seating $6

Friday, July 27th, 7:30 pmJazz in July
Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd W, Burlington
Alex Pangman and the Alleycats
Let Alex Pangman and her Alleycats cool you off with hot jazz! Canada’s sweetheart of swing, Pangman breathes new life into the sturdy standards of classic jazz from Honeysuckle Rose to A Hundred Years from Today and her own original song As Lovely Lovers Do.
$30 (reg) ǀ $25 (sr) ǀ $10 (stu)

Saturday July 28th, 7:30 pmElvis Lives!
Mohawk College, McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, 135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton
Steve Kabakos
The inspired Stephen Kabakos bares such an uncanny resemblance to Elvis you would swear it was the King himself! Trace his Memphis beginnings to the army and his 1968 comeback: Hound Dog, Suspicious Minds, It’s Now or Never, Jailhouse Rock, All Shook Up, Return to Sender... join the NAO and the King in an evening of “Blue Suede Shoes”.
$35 (reg) ǀ $30 (sr) ǀ $15 (stu)
*Reserved seating $6

Thursday, August 2nd, 7:30 pmBy George that’s Gershwin!
Mohawk College, McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, 135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton
Ian Parker, piano
Music by Gershwin and Bernstein – Rhapsody and Blue and Concerto in F along with the Symphonic Suite from Bernstein’s West Side Story, and as a sweet delight our resident composer Maxime Goulet’s world premiere Chocolate Box. Chocolates by the Beanermunkey are available for $5 in the foyer to enhance the symphonic experience. Sweet delight!
$32 (reg) ǀ $27 (sr) ǀ $15 (stu)
*Reserved seating $6

Sunday, August 5th, 3 pmHigh Tea: Celtic Harp
St. John’s Anglican Church, 272 Wilson St E, Ancaster
Ruth Sutherland, Celtic harp
Ruth Sutherland is a rare gem – she’s both a great harper and a beautiful singer. From the Robbie Burns classic Auld Lang Syne to an original harp piece Bones & Runes and original songs PEI Shores and Arran Farewell. Scrumptious sandwiches, scones, delectable pasteries and of course, your tea served at intermission.
$40 (reg) ǀ $35 (sr) ǀ $25 (stu)

Thursday, August 9th, 7:30 pm – Rule Britannia
Mohawk College, McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, 135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton
Valerie Tryon, piano Festival treasure Tryon delights with a tribute to her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. Tryon will bring us to our feet with Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto, a Royal Family favourite – Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Walton’s Orb and Sceptre, written for the Queen’s Coronation. Alexander Brott’s Royal Tribute pays an exceptional homage to the monarchy.
$32 (reg) ǀ $27 (sr) ǀ $15 (stu)
*Reserved seating $6

Sunday, August 12th, 3 pmHigh Tea: Amore!
St. John’s Anglican Church, 272 Wilson St E, Ancaster
Sabatino Vacca, piano
Rachel Cleland, soprano
Enjoy an afternoon of romantic music spanning over one hundred years, From Schumann’s Frauenliebe and Leben (Women, Love and Life), Britten’s A Charm of Lullabies, to Rachmaninov and modern day classics Someone to Watch Over Me and Embraceable You. Delicious sandwiches, scones, scrumptious pastries and of course your tea served at intermission.
$40 (reg) ǀ $35 (sr) ǀ $25 (stu)

FINALE:

Thursday, August 16th, 7:30 pm – The Magnificent Masterpieces: Verdi Requiem
Mohawk College, McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, 135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton
Sinead Sugrue, soprano
Emilia Boteva, mezzo
John MacMaster, tenor
Steven Hegedus, bass baritone
Arcady Singers
Our 25th Summer Season coloes with the legendary and soul-stirring Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi – Dies irae, Requiem, libera me, Rex tremendae, Sanctus and the rest of this monumental piece will bring our 25th Season to a spectacular Finale. Join us in the celebration.
$35 (reg) ǀ $30 (sr) ǀ $15 (stu)
*Reserved seating $6


For more information on the Brott Music Festival, please visit us at www.brottmusic.com and “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @BrottMusicFestival.

 

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