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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A Beautiful President’s Award evening Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2

If music be the food of love, play on.” This is a quote from one of my favourite Shakespeare plays talking about how music can be used to indulge in our interests and bring great joy. I found there to be much joy and great talent at the 72nd annual Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival and President’s Trophy Showcase.The talent that these young people (okay, I say young people, but we’re talking my age range and below here) is simply astounding.

Winner Julia performing on-stage

Winner Julia Mirzoev performing on-stage

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“Sci-Fi (musical) Spectacular” Reply

Special to ONT. ARTS REVIEW
Beam me up Scotty”; “May the force be with you”; “Live long and prosper”; ‘PHASERS on STUN’ – all words to live by, and contributed to the lexicon by science fiction movies and TV. The majority of these were accentuated by the background musical scores which also has become part of our cultural glossary. Many folks can’t recite the vowels WITHOUT resorting to the five communicating notes that were intrinsic to “Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind!”.

trombonist Martin; trumpeter Larson sharing podium

trombonist Martin; trumpeter Larson sharing podium

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Pop Opera Choruses @ the RBG; presented by Bach Elgar Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith

The Bach Elgar Choir presented an afternoon of Popular Opera Choruses at the Royal Botanical Gardens on Sunday. It was a suitably joyful and hopeful program for the first day which finally felt like the end of winter. The first half began with the haunting Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco, a well-known and loved piece ideally suited to this choir. It was very interesting to hear this familiar ‘large’ music in such a small and intimate setting.

the Bach Elgar soloists, post RBG concert

the Bach Elgar soloists, post RBG concert

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Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”; staged by 5 @1st Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
            “Capella Intima” and the Gallery Players of Niagara presented an early music program culminating in Henry Purcell’s short opera Dido and Aeneas. This was the fourth concert in the 5 at The First season for 2014-15 and the first time attempt at opera-in-concert. Word of the standard of these concerts has obviously got out as the audience was close to capacity and many of them apparently were musicians themselves.
Gallery Players consist of Julie Baumgarten, & Rona Goldensher, violins; Brandon Chui, viola; Margaret Gay, cello; Borys Medicky, harpsichord.  More…

“Romeo & Juliet”, 3 HPO musical interpretations with Trudel Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Audition concerts for a new artistic director/conductor are a challenge…One kick at the can and that’s it. Last evening the H.P.O.’s podium guest was Alain Trudel. This writer has had previous opportunities to see & hear Trudel; twice with the HPO, first in ’05 and then twice in 2011 including a National Academy Orchestra concert. To Hamilton audiences, the other four applicants are known strictly by reputation but possess commanding resumes. A tough decision faces the selection committee.
The focus of Trudel’s selection was three interpretive variations of the Romeo and Juliet story.

Alain Trudel addressing the HPO audience

Alain Trudel addressing the HPO audience

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