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July 10-Aug.19, 2004

National Academy Orchestra

Boris Brott, conductor

Lara St. John * Amanda Forsyth * Chan Hon Goh * Michael Kaeshammer * Laura Whalen *

David Dongkyu Lee * Mark Dubois * Helena Holl * Nilas Martins* Guillaume Cote * Michael Burgess *Stuttgart Chamber Choir * John Fanning * Valerie Tryon *Lindsey Deutsch *

York University Opera Programme

"Brott has taken concerts to the steel mills. He has taken music to the parks and to libraries, out of the stuffiness of a concert hall….he doesn’t just rely on the relaxed outdoor environment to make classical music more populist. He mixes music with visuals and prose readings." Sarah Hampson, The Globe and Mail, July 2002


"There’s always an air of expectation and excitement at the beginning of each Brott Summer Music Festival… largely because each year is centred around a brand new edition of the National Academy Orchestra…I’m happy to report this edition is a corker – a real vintage." – Hugh Fraser, Hamilton Spectator July 2001


"Brott’s concert boutique has spread out across the face of Southern Ontario and across the face of musical history." – Peter Goddard, Toronto Star July 2002

HAMILTON - Brott Summer Music Festival (July 10 to August 19, 2004) is pleased to announce its 17th season as one of Canada’s most acclaimed orchestral music festivals and Ontario’s premier summer’s orchestral music festival. The Brott Summer Festival continues to be the centrepiece of Hamilton’s vibrant arts scene in July and August each year.

The Festival features Classical, Chamber, Jazz, Pops, Education concerts. The 2004 Festival will feature Russian Showstoppers Series and will include works by Prokofiev, Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Khatchaturian.

Summer soloists will include violinist Lara St. John (Khatchaturian Violin Concerto), cellist Amanda Forsyth (Herbert Cello Concerto No. 2), jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer (piano), violinist Lindsey Deutsch (Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto) and pianist Valerie Tryon (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1) singers John Fanning, Mark Dubois, Helena Holl, Laura Whalen, Michael Burgess, Aaron St. Clair Nicholson, David Dongkyu Lee.

Other highlights include a Summer Evening in Vienna, to compliment the wildly successful New Year’s traditional Viennese evening of Waltzes and songs. Carl Orff’s perennial favourite Carmina Burana is programmed alongside Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet Ballet Suite, to be danced by Chan Hon Goh & Guillaume Cote, both principal dancers with the National Ballet of Canada. Miss Goh opens the Brott Summer Music Festival when she dances the pas de deux from Tchaikvosky’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake with New York City Ballet principal dancer Nilas Martins.

Venues range from traditional indoor theatres (Hamilton Place, Theatre Aquarius) to outdoor tents and "rooms with views" at Dundurn Castle and Royal Botanical Gardens to name a few. Canadian soloists of the highest calibre have included Valerie Tryon, Pinchas Zukerman, Anton Kuerti, Oliver Jones, Martin Beaver, James Ehnes, to name a few.

Festival founder and Artistic Director Boris Brott has an international reputation as an innovative programmer and charismatic conductor, best known to area audiences as the conductor of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra for 21 years. Under the artistic direction of Boris Brott, the young and exuberant National Academy Orchestra comprises top graduating music students from across Canada and players from the country’s finest orchestras who act as "mentor musicians" in the stands.

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July 10
Russian Showstoppers I
   Dofasco Centre for the Arts

Tchaikovsky: Master of the Ballet

Chan Hon Goh, Odette & Aurora
Nilas Martins, Siegried & Prince Gottfried

July 16
Hot Hot Jazz
with Michael Kaeshammer
    Royal Botanical Gardens

Michael Kaeshammer, piano
Marc Rogers, bass
Ben Riley, drums

July 17
Russian Showstoppers II
   Dofasco Centre for the Arts

Tchaikovsky & The Cello

Amanda Forsyth, Cello

July 18
High Tea at the Castle
         Dundurn Castle

Musical Souvenirs of Summer

July 22
Russian Showstoppers III
   Dofasco Centre for the Arts

Russian Splendour

Lindsey Deutsch, Violin

July 31/Aug 1
Don Giovanni: Opera In Concert
  Dofasco Centre for the Arts

Featuring the York University Opera


Aug 1
Choral Magic
          St. Christopher’s Anglican Church

Stuttgart Chamber Choir          Burlington

Frieder Bernius, conductor

Aug 5
Russian Showstoppers IV

Russian Genius          Dofasco Centre for the Arts

Lara St. John, violin

Aug. 7
Windermere Pops: Broadways Nostalgia

Michael Burgess, singer        Windermere House, Front Lawn

Aug 10
A Summer Evening in Vienna
     Hamilton Convention Centre

  • Mark Dubois, tenor

  • Helena Holl, singer

    • Featuring the Fred Astaire Dancers

Aug 13
Russian Showstoppers V       
Royal Botanical Gardens

Russian Fireworks

      Valerie Tryon, Piano

Aug 15
High Tea at the Gardens
             Royal Botanical Gardens

Valerie Tryon, Piano

John Fanning, baritone

Aug 19
Viva Carmina!
               Hamilton Place, Great Hall

  • Chan Hon Goh, Juliet

  • Guillaume Cote, Romeo

  • Laura Whalen, Soprano,

  • David Dongkyu Lee, Tenor

  • Aaron St. Clair Nicholson, Baritone

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