Terra Lightfoot & Boris Brott Explore A Classic Combination
The worlds of classical music and rock have been intertwined for at least half a century, from bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys through Pink Floyd, Queen and others — all of whom have drawn inspiration, vivid colour and dramatic power from symphonic arrangements. Hamilton audiences will experience this first-hand when tuneful roots-rocker Terra Lightfoot, classical institution Maestro Boris Brott and talented players the National Academy Orchestra combine forces on July 26.
Maestro Brott’s experience with genre-crossing performances stretches back to 1969, at the start of his tenure as conductor of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, when he had the honour of collaborating with iconic artists like BB King and Aretha Franklin.
This past season, the Brott Music Festival initiated an initiative which was given the working title of Orchestrate Hamilton — a concept series that connects the symphony with select local artists to orchestrate their work for unique performances. Its genesis was arguably the acclaimed Brott-National Academy Orchestra collaboration with the Arkells, which resulted in a sold-out series of buzzworthy pop-up shows and an appearance with them at the 2015 JUNO Awards. Boris also performed a steamy sold out Bay City Music Hall show with Hamilton Blues songstress Rita Chiarelli in 2014 and reunited with the blues legend again for this year’s Music at Fieldcote Series.
“I am delighted this summer to be working together with Terra Lightfoot and arrangers Igor Saika-Voived and Matthew Stodolack,” enthuses Maestro Brott about his orchestral collaboration on a half-dozen of Terra Lightfoot’s songs.
Lightfoot is equally thrilled at the collaboration, describing the experience of working on arrangements as exciting and playing with the NAO as an astonishing emotional experience. “I couldn’t be more excited to share these arrangements with the world,” Lightfoot says.
Don’t miss this unique and compelling collaboration Sunday, July 26 in Pier 4 Park as part of the 2015 Pan Am Games’ closing ceremonies in the city of Hamilton. And don’t miss the encore, as following this performance, the NAO will perform in accompaniment of a fireworks display produced by Circus Orange.
For more event detail, visit panamshowcase.supercrawl.ca.