The Capulets & the Montagues; NOT Jets vs Sharks Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
Stories of Ill-fated paramours are ageless. From Ovid, to Sweden’s “Hagbard & Signy” in the 14 hundreds, to Shakespeare circa 1595; and De Vega’s The Capulets and the Montagues 1½ decades later; such tales go on and on. Bernstein took one such and made zillions by putting it to music. The Russians do it by following the basic ‘he loves her; she loves another; and no one gets anyone…but they take 800 pages before reaching ‘The End’.
Photo courtesy of Jim Smagata UTM

Hannah Ehman manipulating Samuel Turner & Jovan Kocic

Hannah Ehman manipulating Samuel Turner & Jovan Kocic

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Cello Extravaganza #III Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
A benefit concert was held to support ‘Blooms for Africa’ and ‘An Instrument for Every Child’ where a lot; and I mean a lot, of local cello enthusiasts got together to celebrate the instrument and raise money for the causes. This year over 100 cellists performed.
It started small & classical with a Sonata for two cellos by Handel which was lovely and let us know that the auditorium at Compass Point Bible Church has excellent acoustics. Then we heard two very young talented brothers, Maximilian & Theodor Aoki, play a much newer piece.

Kellylee Evans & the myriad cellos

Kellylee Evans & the myriad cellos

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Oakville Chamber Orchestra begins 3rd decade Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               To paraphrase a real estate credo, ‘selection, selection, selection’ can be a paramount vitality for a concert’s success. Artistic director Charles Demuynck chose two famous Serenades for the opening of the OCO’s 31st season. To perform Dvořák’s opus 44 for wind, the maestro augmented ‘Winds’ with bass; cello and French horn. We’re aware that the saxophone is considered a “wind” instrument; but 2 strings & a brass??? Luckily he’s at the podium so he’s in charge!

Demuynck; his musicians, and an enthralled audience

Demuynck; his musicians, and an enthralled audience

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‘SKIN FLICK’, even better than “Porn on the web” Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
               Come on – admit it…we all check out the occasional blue-movie capsule via the internet and so what if we do. Prolific Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s “SKIN FLICK” comedically looks at the cottage-business aspect of creating such a work-of-art, and WEST’s Yo Mustafa brings us a hilarious 2½ hours of pure (and moral) entertainment. There were some moments when this writer was actually concerned about a bladder mishap due to the hilarity being presented on stage.

(r) Pointet; Dametto & Balaz. (f) McCarthy & Canjura IN the movies

(r) Pointet; Dametto & Balaz. (f) McCarthy & Canjura IN the movies

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Jazz, & instruments for kids… worthwhile evening Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
               A team of concerned local citizens; a responsible corporate clan; and a culturally-oriented family are the backbone of ‘Hamilton Music Collective’. Under the stewardship of Astrid Hepner, the HMC goal is “An instrument For Every Child”. This writer grew up in Montreal where the governing Protestant School Board insisted that learning to play at least one device was mandatory. I tried the trombone… arms too short; then tuba…to big & heavy; then accordion – but I’m left-handed! Ended up with alto horn; > clarinet > trumpet > violin; depending on which class had the most girls!

Ratcliffe; Hepner; Occhipinti & Marcelli performing

Ratcliffe; Hepner; Occhipinti & Marcelli performing

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The Hamilton Comic Con; “Shat Happens” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               The Hamilton Comic Com was held in downtown Oakville (or so it seemed trying to drive around our own Downtown). First, the native Canadians chose to hold a BBQ at the Main & James intersection; the cops were there detouring traffic. I was sympathetic to their cause, alas; my empathy ‘went up in smoke’.
As for the event; I loved it and had a ball.

"Catwoman" Julie Newmar & fan

“Catwoman” Julie Newmar & fan

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