Hamilton has been fortunate to have housed some citizens who are recognized by a single name… Linc; Sheila; (politics) Karen (dance); Mrs. Dick; and of course – BORIS. Maestro Brott has been conductor of the Hamilton Philharmonic; is artistic director of the National Academy Orchestra; and conductor of McGill’s renowned Chamber orchestra. He’s been on the platform of the West L.A.; Israel Philharmonic plus countless European podia. Lately, he’s achieved successes with Italy’s Bari Opera and most recently; a personal request from Pope Francis.
Review by Danny Gaisin
Our personal interest in South Asia and its peoples are two-fold; a ‘Blood brother’ born in Calcutta; and surprisingly; regular interested readers from that area checking out our O.A.R. articles! An invitation from the Matin family of Upper Mt. Albion tweaked our curiosity and we were attendees at the spring Festival of South Asia. Nepal; Bhutan; Sri Lanka & Maldives joined the more familiar Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan in presenting a cultural collage of dance, culture and especially food.
by Danny & Terry Gaisin
Our friend Muhammed Huq, general manager of Mississauga’s STAGE WEST THEATRE confirmed that one of our favorite local venues, and a vibrant opportunity for many of the young graduates in theatre arts; will close for good on June 30th. Last week our newspaper published a glowing critique of both the delectable buffet and the site’s latest presentation – ‘GAME SHOW’. The thought of facing the 2013-14 theatre season without the five offerings at Stage West has hit this newspaper and its staff like a sucker-punch.
Review by Danny Gaisin
Engelbert Humperdinck, born May 1936. Real name – Arnold Dorsey.
Engelbert Humperdinck, born Sept. 1854. Real name – Engelbert Humperdinck!
Why the above; because this year’s Buchanan Park Public School’s Opera club certainly includes nineteenth as well as 21st century compositions. The original singspiel has been supplemented with 60’s & 70’s pop hits. I’ve been an opera fan, & traditionalist, for seven decades, thus somewhat biased. Thus, we’ve decided to include opinions from some erudite 11-year olds!
“On advice from counsel, I respectfully . . . etc.” from the 1950’s televised House Un-American Activities interrogations to today’s ‘Law & Order’ episodes; these words are part of our lexicon. Recently, in response to a laid charge after a minor accident, our lawyer suggested we’d be better served by a professional paralegal. So, with both a referral and “on advice from counsel “, we took our case to Hamilton’s Traffic & Court Services, or T&CS!
Review by Judith Caldwell
In their final concert of the 2012/2013 season the Oakville Chamber Orchestra played a Violin Concerto and an Orchestral Suite by Bach as well as the Farewell Symphony of Joseph Haydn. This does not mean ‘farewell’ to the Orchestra, thank goodness, as they also announced their concert line up for the 2013/2014 season and it looks very appealing… the orchestra is obviously thriving under the leadership of conductor Charles Demuynck.