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Brott Music Festival appoints interim artistic director and announces 2022 lineup – Hamilton

The Brott Music Festival has announced who will take over from Boris Brott, just over a month after the famed bandleader was hit and killed by a vehicle on the streets of Hamilton.

Born in Montreal Alain Trudelsix-time Juno nominee with a long list of accolades, was named the festival’s interim artistic director ahead of its 35th season.

Ardyth Brott, Boris’s wife, said Trudel embodies the qualities Boris wanted to see in his successor.

“Although he had no intention of retiring, a name was always on the tip of Boris’s tongue,” she said during the announcement at the FirstOntario Concert Hall. “He said emphatically that this musician, educator, bandleader and community builder was his very first choice to succeed him.”

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Trudel said he met Brott and his parents more than 40 years ago when he was a teenager playing trombone with the McGill Chamber Orchestra, now known as Orchester Classique de Montréal (OCM).

In addition to his six Juno Award nominations, Trudel was nominated for an Emmy in 2020 and received numerous honors throughout his career, including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012 and Provincial Knighthood. of Quebec, Knight of the Order, in 2020.

The 55-year-old maestro is music director of the Toledo Symphony and Orchester Symphonique de Laval, and has conducted every major orchestra in Canada, as well as orchestras in the UK, US, Sweden, Brazil, in Italy, in Russia. , Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Latin America.

Alain Trudel (left) stands with Judy Marsales, Ardyth Brott and Mayor Fred Eisenberger following the announcement that Trudel will become the interim artistic director of the Brott Music Festival.


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Trudel said he was honored to take on the role, although he wishes it didn’t happen so soon.

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“The consensus was that he was going to die on the podium at 95, you know, or something like that,” Trudel told reporters after the announcement.

But he added that the show had to go on and that Boris would have wanted it that way for the good of the young musicians whose careers he has always sought to support.

“Boris would be very (unhappy) if we don’t move forward and try to do our best to serve these young professionals so that they can have a good career after this. So the best way to pay tribute to him is to keep going. legacy in a very strong way.

Brott, 78, was fatally injured in a hit-and-run in the Park Street South and Markland Street area on April 5.

A 33-year-old man has been charged in connection with her death.

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This year’s edition of the Brott Music Festival will begin on June 30 with a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, conducted by Trudel and dedicated to Brott’s memory.

Trudel said the festival is usually planned a year in advance, so this year’s lineup – which is now posted on the festival website – is “all Boris”.

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“We’ve talked many times about the music, the arts, how we see that in the community and all that,” he said.

“I have a good idea how it goes, I’ve been here several times as a guest conductor…but you can’t fill those shoes, to put it very simply. You can just come and do your best to maintain the legacy.

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