History

It was in 1948 that Brockville first hosted a classical music series. Over the years many world renowned artists have performed here. We have had Glen Gould, Yo-Yo Ma, Louis Quilico, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the National Arts Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin, Adam Hans-Gorski, Anton Kuerti, the Canadian Brass, I Musici, Quartango, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra just to name a few. In the early years the concerts were performed in different venues but moved to the newly re-opened Arts Centre in 1960. The Concert Association only sold tickets for the full series of four or five concerts and these were sold in a selling blitz by volunteers during just one week! Every year sold out and had a waiting list! Eventually single tickets were introduced. The Brockville Concert Association is still run entirely by volunteers and still strives to bring the very best artists in the world to perform for you. In addition to the traditional fall series, for several years we brought delightful concerts to smaller venues on Sunday afternoons in the winter (usually the last Sunday in January, February and March). A very talented soloist or a duo performs and, depending on the venue, afternoon tea is served. However these concerts were discontinued in 2014 due to the higher cost of venues and classical music lovers spending the winter months in the south! Should circumstances permit, we would be happy to resume this intimate concerts. SInce the year 2000, in the spring or early summer, the Brockville Concert Association has also brought the best in Jazz to Brockville. Artists such as Oliver Jones, John Pizzarelli, Peter Appleyard, The Climax Jazz Band, Ranee Lee, Michael Kaeshammer and a host of other soloists, and ensembles have all appeared in the Arts Centre or in heritage venues. In 2012, under the new name of 1000 Islands Jazz & Blues Festival, free concerts outside were introduced and talented local artists also participated in the Festival. In May 2011, the first free concert for children was presented where Brockville and area schoolchildren were exposed to classical music, especially adapted for children, in a fun but educational way, in a partnership with Jeunesses Musicales de Montreal. Each year since then, while thoroughly enjoying themselves, some 500 children learn about instruments and music. Thanks to our sponsor May Court this initiative is guaranteed to continue until and including 2017.