A Hamilton weekend; – 2 ‘Biggies’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               We’ve been Hamiltonians for a half-decade. Alas, whenever we have guests we invariably show them eight or twelve waterfalls, and then back home. This year, we’ve decided to expand our appreciation of other things local. The Greenbelt Harvest was our inaugural. As suggested by a neighbor, yesterday we visited the vintage Steam & Technology Museum on Woodward Avenue. A commanding sense of déja vu as we approached, yet this would be our first visit!  Our guide Julia, explained the reason for such a recollection…we’re fans of CBCTV’s ‘Murdoch Mysteries’.Hamilton's Steam Museum, aka Downtown 'Toronto' 1900Lori Yates & Drugstore Cowboys, performing

Steam Museum, aka Downtown ‘T.O’ 1900                                Lori Yates & Drugstore Cowboys

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“GREENBELT HARVEST PICNIC”; a learning event 1

Opinions by D. J. Gaisin & L.A. Lobacita

The picnic has been around for 4 years but somehow flew below our personal radar…definitely our loss. This is one amazing production and even more than the incredible entertainment, it’s an educational opportunity. Advice on ‘green’ choices; awareness of local efforts and craft talent, coupled with some personal guidance, suggestions and education made this an unforgettable experience. Even the early uncooperative weather failed to dampen our or our lawn neighbours’ spirits. Fortunately it was drizzle – not downpour ‘cuz we neglected to bring folding chairs or blankets.

Harvest Picnic-ers, dancing to Los Lobos

Harvest Picnic-ers, dancing to Los Lobos

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“RITE OF SPRING”, et.al. Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

The Brott Festival ended the season with Stravinsky’s Весна священная» (Vesna svyashchennaya) or – “RITE OF SPRING”. Four years ago, the same organization scored a top of the year’s “TOP TEN” list with a creative & innovative rendering of the composer’s “Firebird”. Legend has it that while composing same, Stravinsky’s mind evoked images of an ancient Russian fable about the season; dancing maidens & sacrifice…the rite of spring. This year’s entry differed, it was a composite evening.

Lavoie & Vanstone acknowledging their WEBER interpretation

Lavoie & Vanstone acknowledging their WEBER interpretation

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High Tea and Enchanting Music Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith

The Brott Music Festival offered high tea & music featuring string, piano and clarinet. The musicians were Iain MacKay, Kathryn Wiebe, Rachel Abramoff,, Kathleen de Caen, and Erin Rose MacLeod with soloists Shoshana Telner – piano and clarinetist Kornel Wolak. The afternoon began with a piece by composer in residence, Maxime Goulet featuring Wolak on clarinet. Goulet’s music is very listenable and narrative driven with this piece a story about the young boy who is befriended by Hemingway’s ‘Old Man and the Sea’ and what happens to him next.

Wolak; Telmar & Goulet

Wolak; Telmar & Goulet

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A threesome weekend, Chiarelli; Jazz; & Ostanek 1

Reviews by Danny; Terry; & Judith

The N.A.O. made a little format detour by presenting Hamilton’s own Blues maven-ess Rita Chiarelli in an intimate; casual and easy-going manner at the Bay City Music Hall. This writer 1st critiqued her a dozen years ago, writing very positively about her composing, voice and talent. The lady opened with “I can change for you”. Fortunately, she hasn’t. She still belts it out; she still feels every song; she still sells out the house…and she’s still RITA. *

RITA wowing her fans...& the NAO musicians

RITA wowing her fans…& the NAO musicians

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Parker, Rachmaninoff; & an evocation Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin; Dedicated to the late Rona Bond (Goodis)

               Over a period of 54 years and about 2 million published words; I have never dedicated a column, but this Brott Festival concert was so evocative that it necessitated such. I was that truly fortunate of ‘only-child-category’; I had an almost-sister who was my most important friend. ‘Ronnie’ was one of those individuals that impacted everyone she met; and coincidently; the NAO selected three of her six favorite classical compositions as its program. So, I reminisced and even had to dry some wetted eyes.

PARKER, interpreting Rachmaninoff

PARKER, interpreting Rachmaninoff

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