Newswire | Brott Music Festival Announces Alain Trudel as Interim Artistic Director 

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Hamilton. ON – May 10th, 2022 – The sudden loss of internationally renowned and  much-loved Canadian Maestro Boris Brott has brought the future plans of the Brott  Music Festival to many minds and hearts.

Brott Music welcomes internationally revered conductor, composer, and trombone  virtuoso Alain Trudel as its Interim Artistic Director. Trudel is a Montreal native and  part of the sphere of the musical Brott family, including Boris’ parents, Alexander &  Lotte. Alain is a familiar face to Brott Festival and has joined the National Academy  Orchestra as a star performer, brass mentor, and guest conductor.

“I am humbled to join Brott Music Festival and continue Boris’ extraordinary  contributions to music,” said Trudel. “I can’t wait to get to know Hamilton and to  meeting the wonderful audiences that the Festival has built over three and a half  decades.

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“I know how much Brott Music Festival, the National Academy Orchestra and Brott  Opera means to Canadian musicians, emerging opera singers and the cultural  identity of this City,” he added. “I will strive to live up to their extraordinary  reputation.”

Maestro Trudel is Music Director of the Toledo Symphony (USA) and l’Orchestre  Symphonique de Laval (QC). He has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as  well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong,  Malaysia and Latin America. Maestro Trudel comes to the Brott Music Festival with a  multitude of accolades including an Emmy nomination in 2020. He is a six-time Juno  nominee, was honoured with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012 and was also  awarded a knighthood by the province of Québec, Chevalier de l’Ordre in 2020,  which was attended by friends Boris and Ardyth Brott.

Maestro Trudel is committed to emerging professional musicians and has acted as  Principal Youth and Family Conductor with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. A  long-time pedagogue and mentor, he has been instrumental in teaching and guiding  new generations of musicians for more than 25 years.

Brott Music Festival is one of Hamilton’s four cornerstone arts organization and has  been delighting audiences for 35 years. Its summer of live, in-theatre concerts begins June 30th as Trudel makes his debut as Interim Artistic Director with  Beethoven’s Ninth, a program dedicated to the memory of Boris Brott. The Festival  ends its summer season with a fully staged production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s  The Sound of Music.

Audiences will also look forward to hearing the sounds of PopOpera, the Italian  opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella), festival favourite Valerie Tryon and the Festival’s  debut at the new Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre, an evening of Frank Sinatra  classics and a night to revisit the 70s and 80s with ABBA with Jeans ‘n Classics.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 905 525 7664.

The National Academy Orchestra of Canada will also perform at the Festival of  Sound in Parry Sound and the Collingwood Music Festival. Tickets for both these concerts can be purchased by visiting and


THURS. JUNE 30th, 7:30pm 

The Unconquerable Soul: A Festival in Memory of Boris Brott 

FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton  

Alain Trudel, Conductor 

Bach Elgar Choir 

Alexander Cann, Director  

Our first concert of Brott Music Festival’s 35th season celebrates the breaking of the  symphonic mould, Beethoven’s great Ninth Symphony. Beethoven’s last symphony  embraces his philosophical belief in unity, tolerance, and joy. It also so perfectly  symbolizes the life and passion of our beloved Maestro Boris Brott.

We invite you to join us for this meaningful performance.

Applebaum, L Place Setting 

Goulet, M Citius, Altius, Fortius! 

Beethoven, L van Symphony No, 9  


$59 Reg | $54 Sr | $25 Stu | $10 Children (12 and under)

Incl. HST & fees

THURS. JULY 7th, 7:30pm 

Viva L’Italia PopOpera 

L.R. Wilson Concert Hall (McMaster University), Hamilton Tyrone Paterson, Conductor 

Tamar Simon Soprano 

Ellita Gagner Mezzo Soprano 

Lizzy Hoyt Soprano 

David Faria Araujo Tenor 

Geoffrey Schellenberg Baritone 

Cesar Bello Baritone 

Maxime Martin-Vo Bass 

A program of favourite Italian Opera highlights including Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino, Rossini’s Largo al factotum from Il Barbiere di Siviglia,  Giordano’s Nemico della patria from Andrea Chenier and more. Sing along to Verdi’s Libiamo from La Traviata and Va, pensiero from Nabucco.

Purchase our opera package and join us next week for Rossini’s fully staged  opera Cinderella (La Cenerentola).


$59 Reg | $54 Sr | $25 Stu | $10 Children (12 and under)

Incl. HST & fees

THURS. JULY 14th, 7:30pm 

Cinderella (La Cenerentola) 

FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton 

Tyrone Paterson, Conductor 

Enrico Castiglione, Director  

Lizzy Hoyt Cinderella 

David Faria Araujo Prince Ramiro 

Geoffrey Schellenberg Dandini 

Maxime Martin-Vo Don Magnifico 

Cesar Bello Alidoro 

Tamar Simon Clorinda 

Ellita Gagner Tisbe

One of Rossini’s greatest operatic works, La Cenerentola tells a story of  Cinderella. Celebrated Italian director Enrico Castiglione brings with him  sumptuous costumes and wigs from the Rome Opera House for this fully  staged performance.

Pair with our PopOpera concert for the ultimate summer operatic experience.


$69 Reg | $64 Sr | $25 Stu | $10 Children (12 and under)

Incl. HST & fees

THURS. JULY 28th, 7:30pm 

New Theatre New World 

Ancaster Memorial Concert Hall, Ancaster 

Alain Trudel, Conductor 

Valerie Tryon, Piano 

We welcome festival favourite Valerie Tryon as she and the National Academy Orchestra perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 in the acoustically superior Ancaster  Memorial Arts Centre. Maestro Trudel and the NAO perform Dvorak’s much-loved  New World Symphony and Michael Nunes, Solidarity.

Nunes, M Solidarity 

Liszt, F Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat major 

Dvorak, A Symphony No. 9 in E minor From the New World 


$59 Reg | $54 Sr | $25 Stu | $10 Children (12 and under)

Incl. HST & fees

SUN. JULY 31st, 3pm & 6pm 

A Royal Tribute 

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery, Jordan 

Alain Trudel, Conductor 

Join us in beautiful wine country at award-winning Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery on  the brow of the Niagara Escarpment. Alexander Brott’s A Royal Tribute, composed in  honour of Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953. Elgar’s evocative Enigma Variations and  the soaring sounds of The Lark Ascending crown our program. Antipasto platters  and carefully selected wine tastings during the concert create a joyous and relaxing  Sunday afternoon.


$127 Food and wine included

Incl. HST & fees

WED. AUGUST 3rd, 7:30pm 

The Way You Look Tonight: Frank Sinatra’s Greatest Hits Liuna Station, Hamilton 

Jaelem Bhate, Conductor 

Pete Cannella, Singer 

You’ll be over the moon with this tribute to everyone’s favourite blue-eyed crooner. Sinatra’s greatest hits, straight from his Las Vegas concerts. You’ll  feel Young At Heart as you enjoy the songs that have made me feel so young for decades and are still going strong. Fly Me to The Moon, Summer Wind, New York New York, Strangers in the Night and many more! Come fly  with Frank, Maestro Bhate and the swinging sounds of the National  Academy Orchestra of Canada.


$59 Reg | $54 Sr | $25 Stu | $10 Children (12 and under)

Incl. HST & fees

THURS. AUGUST 11th, 7:30pm 

ABBA: The Dancing Queen 

Liuna Station, Hamilton 

Janna Sailor, Conductor 

Martin MacDonald, Conductor  

Jeans ‘n Classics 

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! An ABBA tribute concert with Maestros MacDonald and Sailor, the National Academy Orchestra and Jeans ‘n Classics.  Featuring favourites; Waterloo, Fernando, Take a Chance on Me, Knowing Me, Knowing You, The Winner Takes It All and Dancing Queen. 


$59 Reg | $54 Sr | $25 Stu | $10 Children (12 and under)

Incl. HST & fees

THURS. AUGUST 18th, 7:30pm 

The Sound of Music 

FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton 

Daniel Warren, Conductor 

Lou Zamprogna, Director 

The Hills are Alive with The Sound of Music! 

Director Lou Zamprogna in collaboration with Tom Oliver and his cast of  exuberant singers join Maestro Warren and the National Academy Orchestra to bring the true story of the flibbertigibbet postulant Maria who transforms from  nun to governess, wife and mother.

Our cast in this fully staged production, sing their way through this Oscar winning score, to delight everyone from start to finish. We have confidence you  will be singing Sixteen Going on Seventeen, Maria, So Long Farewell and My  Favourite Things, all the way home.


$59 Reg | $54 Sr | $25 Stu | $10 Children (12 and under)

Incl. HST & fees


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