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1. Obrigado Brazil - Sony
Performer - Yo-Yo Ma
Opera Arias - Deutsche Gramaphon
Composer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Hector Berlioz,
et al Performer - Anna Netrebko
Romanza - Polygram Records
Composer - Lucio Quarantotto Performer - Andrea
The # 1 Opera Album - Polygram Records
Composer - Giacomo Verdi, et al
Conductor - Richard Bonyge, Herbert van Karajan,
The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World...Ever!
- Virgin Records
Composer - Johann Sebastian Bach, LŽo Delibes,
Conductors - Neville Mariner, David Willcocks, et
Messiah (Complete Traditional) - Sparrow/EMD -
Handel, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Allidies
25 Classical Favorites - Vox (Classical)
Composer - Alexander Pervomaysky, Guimor Noveas
Conductors: Phillip Gibson, Jonel Perlea, et al
Andrea Bocelli / Sacred Arias / Myun Whung Chong
- Polygram Records
Performer - Andrea Bocelli
Time to Say Goodbye - Angel Records
Performer - Sarah Brightman
Cieli de Toscana - Universal
Performer - Andrea Bocelli
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The U.S. halted (Jan. 15) bombing attacks
on North Vietnam less than a month after massive
Christmas air raids on Hanoi.
Nixon began (Jan. 21) his second term as President.
The cost of the Inaugural Ball was $4 millioncompared
to $4 a couple for the nation's first such
event, James Madison's, in 1809.
The White House disclosed (Nov. 21) the existence
of an 18-minute gap in the tape of a Nixon-Haldeman
sports news, the Miami Dolphins defeated the
Washington Redskins to win Super Bowl VII;
the American League adopted a rule allowing
the designated hitter; Billie Jean King defeated
Bobby Rigs in straight sets in a nationally
televised match; and the Oakland Athletics
defeated the New York Mets in seven games
to win the World Series.
Vidal's Burr topped the list of best-selling
On stage, three notable revivals were produced:
A Streetcar Named Desire, A Moon
for the Misbegotten; and The Pajama
Exorcist grossed $88.5 million, followed
by The Sting (which was named Best
Picture) at $79 million.
produced (Feb. 11) Duke Ellington....We
Love You Madly, and all-star tribute to
the musician; the nation watched (May 15 -
Nov. 15) pooled live coverage by all three
networks and PBS taped highlights of the Watergate
hearings. All in the Family was the
most watched show for the third consecutive
Flack's Killing Me Softy with His Song
won Record of the Year, and Best Female Performance.
Stevie Wonder's You Are the Sunshine of
My Life took Best Male Vocal Performance.
songs of the year included You're So Vain,
Carly Simon; Superstition, Stevie Wonder;
Crocodile Rock, Elton John; The
Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,
Viki Lawrence; Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round
the Ole Oak Tree, Dawn.
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the Conductor's Mind
We asked Boris Brott, some questions about
personal preferences, music he cherishes, his favorite
opera, and if he's ever snoozed at the podium, etc.
1. Pet peeve? People who do not answer messages
and E-mail correspondence.
2. Does he play an instrument? Violin, Viola and
French Horn, but not in public any morenot enough
time to practice!
3. Instrument he wishes he could play? Organit's
like an orchestra, but fully under your own control!
4. Perfect day off? Every day is a day off! I
love my work, but I also love to be on our island in the
Muskokas [Canada] working on the land.
5. Favorite piece of art? MonetWater lilies.
6. Favorite electronic device? Cell phone.
7. Favorite things to watch on TV? Programs on
Discovery Channel, law programs.
8. Morning routine? Noneevery morning is
different! That's what I love about my life!
9. Food he couldn't live without? Smelly CheesesSt.
10. Secret talent? PlumbingI do a lot of
our own plumbing at the cottage.
11. Has he ever fallen asleep at a concert? Actuallyalmost,
and on the podium! I had done a matinee performance and
unusually was also conducting the evening performance
with the Royal Ballet in England. We were performing "Les
Sylphides," not the most dramatic of scores!
There are scene changes between the numbers and one was
taking just a bit longer than normal. I leaned back against
the wall of the orchestra pit and closed my eyes for just
a moment. The next moment I remember I had the concertmaster's
bow gently nudging my shoulder!
12. First piece of music he fell in love with?
Brahms First Symphony. I was apparently listening in my
crib and liked to blurt out "OSO BOLO" every
time I heard the Oboe solo.
13. Fantasy career? Medicine. I believe the practice
of medicine is art as well as science, and feel that I
have an instinctive diagnostic sixth sense. I like to
serve as a volunteer in medical organizations.
14. Favorite thing to cook? Coquille St. Jacques.
15. Where he listens to music? At rehearsals and
concerts and in my head while studying scores.
16. Favorite indulgence? French sauces.
17. What he can't travel without? My cell phone
and laptop computer.
18. Fitness routine? It isn't a routine but I
like to walk. Should do it every day and in the summer,
I swam a lot between islands at our cottage.
19. Recent gift he received? Leonard Bernstein's
red handkerchief. A particularly prized possessionhe
was my mentor.
20. Favorite book? My wife's first novel "Sedna's
21. The most underrated composer? Frederick Delius.
22. Favorite classical artist? Too many to select
23. Favorite pop artist? Not qualified to make
24. Car he drives? Audi Avant Quattro.
25. Last gadget he bought? Exercise equipment.
26. Favorite quote? "Those who can, do;
those who cannot, teach; those who cannot do either, criticize."
- GB Shaw
27. Opera he'd most like to sing? Puccini La
28. Recurring nightmare? I'm in the wrong city
and I'm supposed to be conducting a performance there
in five minutes!
29. Last time he cried at a performance? I always
cry at the end of La Boheme, even when I am conducting!
What Boris Can Do for You:
about Leadership and Teamwork
a customized script for each meeting
the audience using any number of musical tone bars
Involve the meeting's executive in conducting
a live, 12-piece orchestra during his presentation.
The orchestra can also be used for walk-in music and
other special effects on stage
or co-host meetings
speak/host in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
of people across corporate America have heard Boris Brott's
interactive presentation he draw comparisons between
business organizations and symphony orchestras. Both have
common goals, each must perform in harmony to achieve
those goals, and each continually strives for perfection.
Often, both attempt to be innovative and creative.
Boris draws out the juxtaposition of teamwork and leadership
the need for creativity within an organization; the joy
of communication and the achievement of success. All are
explored through the medium of music.
During his 25-minute presentation, these analogies are
enhanced with slides and video. The audience hears of
Beethoven's struggle, his quest for perfection...brief
passages from some of Beethoven's best known works. Then,
it's time to play together...
Boris instructs the audience to reach under their chairs
where they will find a tonebar a musical instrument
with a mallet. The audience has been divided into five
specific notes. After "rehearsing" and enjoying
the levity and excitement, the audience is prepared to
play Beethoven's Ode to Joy. Boris turns to the
video screen, gives a signal, and a full symphony orchestra
begins to play. At the appropriate point, he turns to
the audience and "conducts" them in this informative,
educational, and fun-filled presentation. The audience
is thrilled to be playing a significant part and to make
music under the direction of a symphony conductor. Audiences
and corporate executives find it a memorable and unique
on "Playing Together"
live orchestra joins Boris on stage. Musicians and
their instruments are introduced. A short musical
example is played. This is repeated until an 11-piece
orchestra is formed on stage.
meetings host joins Boris in conducting the audience
and/or explaining the similarities between their organization
and a symphony orchestra.
script is tailored to suit the meeting's theme, or
concepts germane to the organization are brought out
in the script.
presentation's length is suited to the requirements
of the program.
Brott can act as host through the duration of the
addition to the "Playing Together" presentation,
the following other concept can be presented to your audiences:
the Creative Flame"
rests in all our souls. This presentation demonstrates
five steps that are at the heart of every creative process.
Boris interacts with "Professor Siegfried" on screen,
and together they take the audience through the steps
necessary to concoct anything from E=MC2 to
an enlightened business plan to the perfect Christmas
This is an interactive presentation involving the meeting's
host as well as the audience. But the heart of the piece
rests with Boris and Professor Siegfried taking the steps
necessary to "light the creative flame." After each step,
Boris "conducts" the audience playing their tone bars,
and concludes his presentation with a soaring rendition
of the music from Star Wars.
Boris Brott is one of the most internationally
recognized Canadian conductors, holding major posts as
music director in Canada and the United States. He enjoys
an international career as guest conductor, educator,
motivational speaker and cultural ambassador. In Canada,
he has developed no less than six Canadian Orchestras:
Thunder Bay Symphony, Regina Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo
Symphony, CBC Winnipeg, Symphony Nova Scotia, and most
notably - the Hamilton Philharmonic, where Mr. Brott was
Music Director from 1969 to 1990.
He was Artistic Advisor and Founder to the
newly created Symphony Nova Scotia from 1984 to 1989.
Boris Brott has a commitment to the development of new
audiences and young artists. Internationally, Mr. Brott
has served as Assistant Conductor to the New York Philharmonic
under Leonard Bernstein, and as Music Director and Conductor
for the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden (two years), and Northern
Sinfonia (five years), and the BBC Welsh Symphony (seven
years). In addition, he has guest-conducted in Mexico,
the United States, South America, Central America, France,
Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Scandinavia, Japan, Korea,
Israel, the Netherlands and most recently performed Bernstein's
Mass, for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
He has won prizes in major international
competitions: the Pan American Conductors Prize in Mexico,
the Liverpool Conductors Competition in Great Britain,
and Dimitri Mitropoulos International Conductors Competition
in New York. In 1987, Mr. Brott was awarded Canada's highest
civic honor, Officer of the Order of Canada. He founded
Brott Music Festivals in 1988. He is also Conductor and
Music Director of the New West Symphony, California, and
Artistic Director of Symphonia Canada, as well as Conductor
of the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal.