The Brott Archives at McMaster
On May 25, President Patrick Deane and University Librarian Jeff Trzeciak hosted an event to celebrate Maestro Boris Brott’s donation of his archives to the University Library.
With close friend Steve Paikin acting as Master of Ceremonies, the celebration had Brott conducting the National Academy Orchestra as it performed works by Mendelssohn, Chopin, and “Cradle Song” from Songs of Contemplation composed by Brott’s father, Alexander, on the occasion of Boris’ birth. A highlight of the evening was Brott’s performance of the comedic Flanders & Swann adaptation of Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495 (Rondo). Other participants in the program were renowned pianist Valerie Tryon and Professor Emeritus Dr. Alan Walker.
Following the concert, guests were invited to a reception in the Great Hall of the University Club. Please visit the Library’s Flickr page for photos from the event.
Brott’s archives include correspondence, photographs, orchestra programs, printed materials and news clippings, scrapbooks, audio-visual material and miscellaneous material such as scripts and poems. An exhibit of items from the Brott collection will be available to visitors in the Williams Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections until the end of September. The Ready Division is located in the lower level of Mills Library and is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. There is also a virtual exhibit with photographs available online.