The Brott Music Festival, based in Hamilton, Ancaster, and Dundas has announced its 28th annual summer season. With a resident professional training orchestra at its core and a newly-launched 2-week operatic training program as well, the festival draws on a remarkable range of artistic resources and venues throughout the region. Highlights of the festival (which runs from June 18 to August 13) include a concert performance of Rossini’s Barber of Seville (sung in Italian, with English subtitles), major orchestral and choral orchestral works such as Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 1 and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, and soloists ranging from pianists Valerie Tryon and Stewart Goodyear to blueswoman Rita Chiarelli and Cirque du Soleil inspired silk aerialists. For more information about this year’s busy program, please visit brottmusic.com.
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has announced details of its 2015 summer season, an eclectic program that includes five free concerts by the entire orchestra (in venues ranging from Kenora, Ontario to Winnipeg’s The Forks), a special 2015-2016 preview concert, a Disco & Motown tribute with Jeans ‘n Classics at Club Regent, and a performance at the Winnipeg Organ Festival Closing Concert. In addition, musicians from the WSO will be featured in a number of different venues, giving free lunchtime concerts in the downtown core of Winnipeg. For more information about all of this, please visit wso.ca.
The Windsor Symphony Orchestra has announced details of its free summer concert series, taking place in Windsor, Tecumseh, and Amherstburg from June 20 to August 9. For more information about the orchestra’s activities, please visit windsorsymphony.com.