Fina & Kelly; Grazie; merci; obrigado; gracias; thanks Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
The vocally talented Emilio Fina and we Gaisin’s are kindred spirits in our dedication to culture. Emilio has tried to slow the decline of community opera; i.e. the non-C.O.C. aggregations. Alternatively, we have involved ourselves with media promotion, positive criticism and publication. Alas, the struggle seems a losing proposition. The K-W Opera is gone and last year saw the demise of Opera Hamilton. Yet there’s certainly enough money around for such circuses as the Pan Am games. Tenor Emilio seems to have thrown in the towel and gone over to the mainstream of pop.

Rachelle Kelly; Emilio Fina & Connie Smith...post-recital

Rachelle Kelly; Emilio Fina & Connie Smith…post-recital

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H.P.O. a “Top Ten” contender evening 2

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

After two consecutive years of inclusion in the O.A.R.’s Top Ten listings (2011 –Sommerville, & 2012 under guest Matthew Kraemer of BPO); a two-year absence. Last evening’s concert under podium-candidate Stilian Kirov and guest soloist Blake Pouliot is a sure-fire contender for inclusion in our upcoming list! The concert was a technical, emotional, and performance gem. Only superlatives will do to describe any of these production aspects. Each of the three selected works demonstrated a specific facet of an orchestral concert.

Blake Pouliot, Yrs.truly & Stilian Kirov; post concert

Blake Pouliot; Yrs.truly & Stilian Kirov; post concert

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‘Piano Solitary’; a delightful teacher/pupil recital Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith

On Saturday evening, Angela Park gave a piano recital which was prefaced by a performance by one of her students. Ian Chan is a 13 year old who lives near Toronto and had lessons from Park whenever she was home from her duties at Indiana University. Now she is back in the Toronto area the lessons have become more regular. Chan is not just an accomplished pianist; he also won the prestigious RCM Silver Medal for violin and plays percussion in the school band – an extremely talented young man.

Angela Park & student

Angela Park & student -Ian Chan

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Mona Lisa; the concert – not the painting 1

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith

Prior to Musikay‘s Mona Lisa concert the audience were entertained by a group called the Society for Creative Anachronism.- a family-friendly history club devoted to studying and re-creating the most enjoyable aspects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. They managed to teach a surprising number of audience members several dances from the Middle Ages and the music and dances were fun, easy, and accessible after all these years.
Then the eight singers of tonight’s a-capella choir came on and sang the Renaissance version of Nat King Cole’s Oscar-winning “Mona Lisa” (Captain Carey, USA ‘Paramount’1950).

the MUSIKAY vocalists

the MUSIKAY vocalists

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“In Remembrance”; the concert and personal. Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Attending about 200 cultural events a year, a critic can become jaded; but not last evening. The Hamilton Philharmonic’s “In Remembrance” concert was something unique and singular. Given the recent incidences involving our military and local terrorists, especially here in Hamilton; a tribute was not only meaningful but subjective as we lost one of our own.
The occasion was also round three of auditions for a new conductor. Gregory Vajda has an impressive resumé reflecting analytical acclaim and background. This critic was not impressed.

cellist Vegor Dyachkov & guest conductor Gregory Vajda

cellist Vegor Dyachkov & guest conductor Gregory Vajda

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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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