Collingwood Music Festival presents
a Tribute to Maestro Boris Brott

We warmly welcome you to our virtual festival contribution for 2023! We are proud to be invited back for a second run of this wonderful series – “July in January.” I would like to start off by thanking the FOTS team and its Artistic Director James Campbell for kicking off the project together with Mark Fewer as well as my fellow colleagues and ADs for their stellar contributions that enrich our viewing experiences. 2022 was a very emotional year with the tragic passing of Maestro Boris Brott. 

I had spoken with him on the phone just 3 weeks before the unthinkable incident and he was especially enthusiastic about returning to Collingwood. This year, our inaugural concert was performed in his loving memory with a sold-out performance starring the National Academy Orchestra of Canada with its new interim Director, Alain Trudel, and myself on the piano. 

This year’s video contribution showcases the late Maestro’s former performance at our festival, showing his youthful charisma and unwavering commitment to spreading the joy of classical music. Many emotions were shared that night, along with a panel of stellar voices! We were also proud to welcome Dr. Duke Redbird along with six other superbly talented Indigenous artists, which helped us better understand and appreciate the art of truth and reconciliation. 

For 2023 and beyond, the Collingwood Music Festival is planning to dramatically increase its number of youth workshops and family-friendly events. The Festival’s inaugural show will take place along the beautiful waterfront shores of Southern Georgian Bay, setting unforgettable music experiences to memorable sunsets for an auspicious start to the summer season. 


Léo Delibes – “Viens, Mallika!” from the opera Lakmé
Maestro Boris Brott with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada
Ekaterina Shelehova (soprano), Ellita Gagner (mezzo-soprano) 

Frederic Chopin – Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1
Daniel Vnukowski (piano)

Giuseppe Verdi – “Va Pensiero” from the opera Nabucco
Maestro Boris Brott with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada

Ekaterina Shelehova – “Earth Melodies” 

2022 Youth Day highlights 

Red Sky Performance
Dr. Duke Redbird (poetry), Jason Chamakese (Native American Flute), Red Sky Ensemble (dance) 

Cris Derksen –  “Nice and Clean”
Cris Derksen (cello), Mayumi Seiler (violin), Angela Park (piano) 

Johannes Brahms -Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
I. Allegro amabile
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Allegretto grazioso
Mayumi Seiler (violin), Angela Park (piano)

Giuseppe Verdi – “Brindisi” from the opera La Traviata
Maestro Boris Brott with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada

Collingwood Music Festival, July 2021 and July 2022