Ardyth Brott re­ceives Betty Web­ster Award

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - LEONARD TURNEVICIUS

It’s been said that a mother’s trea­sure is her daugh­ter.

And Betty Web­ster, 92, couldn’t have been any prouder than when her daugh­ter, Ardyth Brott, was pre­sented with Or­ches­tras Canada’s high­est hon­our, the Betty Web­ster Award, prior to a Brott Mu­sic Fes­ti­val con­cert Wed­nes­day in the Burling­ton Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre.

Es­tab­lished in 2002, “The Betty” was named af­ter Web­ster who was man­ager of the Hamil­ton Phil­har­monic Orches­tra for eight years and led Or­ches­tras Canada for 26 years.

It is pre­sented an­nu­ally to an in­di­vid­ual or or­ga­ni­za­tion deemed by a na­tional jury of peers to have “made a sus­tained and sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion over a num­ber of years to the Cana­dian or­ches­tral com­mu­nity, with an em­pha­sis on lead­er­ship, ed­u­ca­tion and vol­un­teerism.”

Brott, wife of con­duc­tor Boris Brott, has served as the BMF’s ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor for 30 years and the Na­tional Academy Orches­tra for 29 years.

In ad­di­tion, she was called to the On­tario Bar in 1995, and is a best­selling au­thor of chil­dren’s books, and a com­mu­nity vol­un­teer for the Hamil­ton Club among oth­ers.

In pre­sent­ing the award to Brott, OC ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Kather­ine Car­leton told the BPAC au­di­ence: “Our (five-per­son) jury noted her cre­ative, literary and le­gal achieve­ments, her ex­tra­or­di­nary work ethic, her sus­tained sup­port for youth in­volve­ment in mu­sic, the fact that the fes­ti­val has never had a deficit in its 30-year his­tory thanks to her ca­pa­ble man­age­ment, and the last­ing im­pact her work has had on over 1,400 (NAO) mu­si­cians in Canada and be­yond.”

“The Betty” comes with a plaque and a cash award of $1,000, which is do­nated to an orches­tra of the win­ner’s choos­ing — in Brott’s case, to the Hamil­ton-based NAO.

Past lo­cal win­ners in­clude Dun­das’ Web­ster her­self (2002), the late con­duc­tor-ed­u­ca­tor Glenn Mal­lory (2006), and HPO cel­list Mar­sha Mof­fitt (2011).

HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR FILE PHOTO

Ardyth Brott: Mu­sic fes­ti­val direc­tor.

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