THE SCOOP | Brott family affected by city’s decision to rename concert hall after late maestro

Maestro Boris Brott (Photo: Courtesy of Brott Music Festival)

Hamilton City Council voted unanimously to rename the Great Hall of the FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton’s premier classical concert hall, in honor of the late Maestro Boris Brott. The gesture of recognition touched the Brott family.

The motion was launched by Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger at a June 22 council meeting. She cites not only Brott’s musical accomplishments, but also his tireless promotion of Hamilton and its culture.

Brott’s name will appear on Main Street outside the building, along with a commemorative plaque inside the FirstOntario Concert Hall.

The family of the late maestro released a statement regarding the move.

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

“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.

“Boris worked closely with acoustic experts during its construction. He has conducted in countless halls across North America and in major theaters and opera houses in Europe. He loved this Great Hall more than any Hall in North America, which he considered to be one of the finest in the world, which makes this honor all the more significant.

Brott died suddenly in a hit-and-run accident in April.

The official name change announcement will be made when the 35th anniversary season of Brott’s namesake music festival kicks off on June 30.


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