Hamilton’s FirstOntario Concert Hall will be named after Boris Brott

Hamilton City Council has approved the renaming of The Great Hall to FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) in honor of the late conductor Boris Brott.

Brott was tragically killed by a motorist in a hit-and-run while walking on the sidewalk near his Hamilton home last April.

The 78-year-old internationally acclaimed conductor has had a distinguished musical career, leading major orchestras around the world and directing the Hamilton Brott Music Festival, Canada’s largest orchestral music festival.

To honor his legacy and rich contributions to the arts in Hamilton and beyond, the main theater space at FirstOntario Concert Hall will now be renamed “The Great Hall – Boris Brott”.

Exterior signage will be added to the theater bearing this name and a commemorative plaque will be displayed inside.

“We are honoured, and I know Boris would be too. He conducted the very first note of music played in the Boris Brott Great Hall almost 50 years ago,” his wife Ardyth Brott said in a statement.

“We were touched, so many in the community were convinced that such an appointment would be a fitting memorial for Boris. We want to thank Mayor Eisenberger, Hamilton City Council, FirstOntario Concert Hall and those who worked behind the scenes to make this happen.

Find out more on the Brott Music Festival social networks.

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