“The Magic of Bach”, a glorious baroque evening Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith

The final concert of the Musikay series was held on Saturday, at Oakville’s St. John’s Church. It was an evening of classical Baroque music, as well as recent, but all with the contrast of solo; ensemble including the precision and monody associated with Baroque works. The evening opened with one of six motets written for 8 voices by J.S. Bach; so essentially each of the choir members was singing their own part and the whole was a complicated and very beautiful piece so typical of the composer.

The vocal soloists, with  keyboarder Walker at left & cellist Moersh at each end

The vocal soloists, with keyboarder Walker at left & cellist Moersh at each end

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“One Hit Wonders”; precious; funky; & groovy Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

reviewerDGcolor              Recollection can be a blissful sensation. Seeing a carefully restored old motorcar stirs ancillary memories of places and people I associate with a 50’s Chevy Belair; Desoto hemi-head; Mercury Montclair; or Ford Fairlane. Songs also bestir memories and THEATRE ANCASTER’s production that tributes those ONE HIT WONDERS) is more than just a romp through six musical decades. No plot-line, but projected video excerpts or TV interviews offer additional mental stimulants. The result is a satisfying evening’s entertainment highlighting forty songs that bestowed the proverbial 15 minutes of fame for their performers.

The contagious energy of Ancaster's "ONE HIT WONDERS"

The contagious energy of Ancaster’s “ONE HIT WONDERS”

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Mercer-Oh trio; part of 5@1st series Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
The Mercer-Oh Trio offered an afternoon of very interesting music in their 5 at The First series on Saturday afternoon. The concert began with Concertino #1 by Julius Klengel played by 11 year old Maya Grittani on cello, accompanied by EJ Kim on piano. Grittani’s playing was technically awesome, she will be a player definitely to be heard when she matures adding emotional colour & depth. Right now her rational approach is appropriate for her age and quite refreshing. She chose a piece difficult enough to show her mastery of the instrument without being overwhelmed.

The trio plus soloist Grittani at forefront

The trio plus soloist Grittani at forefront

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“You say tomato, I say Shut up!” – loving, farting & bickering Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
Journalism 101: – “Only write about things you know”. American literary celebs Gurwitch & Kahn created a comedic insightful look at their own marriage; its pitfalls, achievements and most of all – differing interpretations. What could be more rational for Galahad Productions’ director Yo Mustafa than to recruit an actual husband/wife pair to portray the protagonists? Pudgy & Michael Quast are an inspired choice to define and depict the Kahn relationship as well as just about every marriage that lasts at least a decade. Our own included!

Annabelle & Jeff (the Quasts) celebrating their 'naugahyde' anniversary [10th]

Annabelle & Jeff (the Quasts) celebrating their ‘naugahyde’ anniversary [10th]

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“LES MIZ”; by Aurora’s Marquee Productions – a standout’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               To study Hugo’s colossal ‘Les Misérables’ is a titanic undertaking. First tried the original French, but switched to a more portable English translation. Finally, settled on the Digest version but even the Coles Notes™ text was so dramatic, so well written and so dynamic that once started- couldn’t be laid aside. Director Alexander Galant’s rendering of LES MIZ is just as captivating and the audience will be completely ensnared in the plot; its progress, and certainly its message.

"Formez vos bataillons; marchons, marchons" pour la liberte

“Formez vos bataillons; marchons, marchons” pour la liberte

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“There GOES the bride”; not a mis-quote Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

reviewerDGcolor               Theatre Etobicoke’s current offering of “THERE GOES THE BRIDE” isn’t the 1932 absconder tale; its the Ray Cooney/John Chapman comedy about temporary amnesia à la Twain’s “Connecticut Yankee”, or Foster’s recent ‘Gentleman Clothier’ about mental time-travel. In this iteration, it’s her father whose knock on the head manifests itself in a sexy flapper construal of ‘Harvey’; which results in necessitated character exchanges straight out of ‘High Society’. Not quite plagiaristic; but close!

family & guests chez Westerby

family & guests chez Westerby

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