Hamilton Philharmonic, a Grand Finale Reply

Review by Ailine Hess
The Hamilton Philharmonic closed its 2014-2015 season at Hamilton Place with a concert was directed by former conductor James Sommerville, who also appeared as the soloist for the evening. The program included major orchestral works from the 18th and19th centuries. The concert opened with Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major, K.495. This work was completed in 1786 and was composed for Ignaz Leutgeb. Many soloists conduct while performing, but the French horn soloist plus conductor present unique challenges.

Sommerville with Natalie Choquette & Alex Baran, circa '08

Sommerville with Natalie Choquette & Alex Baran, circa ’08

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Hamilton Philharmonic Orch. – “NEW” & improved Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Just over a year ago, the H. P. O. began auditioning for a replacement artistic director/conductor. Like all those companies that market kitchen and laundry detergent, they wanted to announce something ‘New and Improved’. The first candidate was a young woman from down-under and according to this scribe; the evening was “A melodic banquet”. The major selection – a personal Beethoven favorite and the guest conductor was maestra Gemma New.

conductor NEW & editor TERRY

conductor NEW & editor TERRY

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“Michèle Tredger”; in concert Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG

Attending a musical concert is usually an opportunity to hear familiar favorites or recognizable nostalgic pieces. Unlike listening to the same works on one’s stereo or CD player; the performing artist should contribute some reminiscence, trivia and background to introduce each piece. But most important is the addition of the entertainer’s individuality that makes an evening special. Michèle Tredger has a personality that almost outshines her full-range soprano voice, and both were on display at her Beth Jacob fundraising event.

Proux, Tredger & Bitton in performance

Proux, Tredger & Bitton in performance

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O.C. O., Grand Prize Winners in concert Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
The two winners of the Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s Youth Concerto Competition headlined the final OCO concert of the 2014/2015 season and it was certainly a grand send off to the season.   The winners were Tessa Laengert, soprano, and pianist Marko Pejanovic.  The concert began with the orchestra playing Symphony #5 in B-flat major by Franz Schubert.  Those of us who have seen ‘Amadeus’ are used to the idea of Antonio Salieri as a miserable, jealous man, but he was really quite generous in his praise for his student, Schubert.

OCO president Angelo Gervasio with winners Laengert & Pejanovic

OCO president Angelo Gervasio with winners Laengert & Pejanovic

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“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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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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