Hamilton has been fortunate to have housed some citizens who are recognized by a single name… Linc; Sheila; (politics) Karen (dance); Mrs. Dick; and of course – BORIS. Maestro Brott has been conductor of the Hamilton Philharmonic; is artistic director of the National Academy Orchestra; and conductor of McGill’s renowned Chamber orchestra. He’s been on the platform of the West L.A.; Israel Philharmonic plus countless European podia. Lately, he’s achieved successes with Italy’s Bari Opera and most recently; a personal request from Pope Francis.
Review by Judith Caldwell
In their final concert of the 2012/2013 season the Oakville Chamber Orchestra played a Violin Concerto and an Orchestral Suite by Bach as well as the Farewell Symphony of Joseph Haydn. This does not mean ‘farewell’ to the Orchestra, thank goodness, as they also announced their concert line up for the 2013/2014 season and it looks very appealing… the orchestra is obviously thriving under the leadership of conductor Charles Demuynck.
Nov. 15th, 2009 “Conductor/arranger/performer/writer Rainer Hersch is a knowledgeable and highly talented musician. What Victor Borge did for (and to) the piano; Stan Freburg to many pop songs of the fifties; and Anna Russell to Wagner’s Ring Cycle- Hersch does to all classical music. He also destroys every preconception about the orchestra, its sections and its instruments. A learning opportunity- hardly; a comedic instance –CERTAINLY. I actually was concerned about peeing in my pants!”
The above intro paragraph is what this journalist opined about Rainer Hersch’s last visit with the Hamilton Philharmonic. Last night; more of the same except that London (the other one) and Beethoven plus Mozart were the subjects for his clever barbs.
Review by Danny Gaisin
To musicologists; the term ‘romanticism’ refers to the evolved compositional style of the late 18th and 19th centuries. The label derives from the noun meaning optimistic, idealized or subjective. The music reflects on nature, chivalry and even mysticism in formats that are usually dissonant and chromatic with a definitive virtuoso requirement. The OAKVILLE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’s decision to stage a concert totally within the aegis meant enlisting an artist of such a skill level as to meet the prerequisite. Cellist Rachel Mercer is just such a performer.
This was the week that a local groundhog interrupts his burrowing to see what the winter duration will be. The Hamilton Philharmonic’s Pops Concert paid tribute to the rodent by presenting a concert that was…Boring! Promoted as a jazz event with guest soloist Diana Panton, the selections and arrangements were stereotypically ‘piano bar’ and should have had the percussion team clinking glasses as background.
Review by Judith Caldwell
Dec. 8th, ‘12
Oakville Ensemble’s fourth annual presentation of The Messiah took place on Saturday. The Ensemble is a small choir of 16 singers plus soloists and is led by Maestro Stephane Potvin. Sometimes they sing a capella but this evening they were accompanied by a nine piece orchestra of strings, trumpets, continuo and timpani.