H.P.O.’s 2nd auditioning concert; + a charming quote 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

Willis & Gaisin, post-concert

Willis & Gaisin, post-concert


               Selecting a new artistic director for a symphony orchestra is akin to finding a mate rather than just a ‘one-night stand’. Surprisingly, the Great Hall was not filled to see & hear Alastair Willis conduct with pianist Andre Laplante as guest soloist. Hopefully, members of the designation committee were in attendance. One regular subscriber told me how much this person really enjoyed the ‘Deevorac’ piece! Yikes. Bet this same individual was the one who started the tacky between-movements applauding.*Alastair Willis & HPO                              Alastair Willis conducting the HPO’s rendering of Dvorak’s 7th

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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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Valerie; Boris; and the N.A.O. Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
Last evening the Brott Music Festival presented one of those extraordinary concerts that made one glad to be an audience member who witnessed such finesse. The N.A.O. played achieved a new level of excellence so far this season and soloist, Valerie Tryon was brilliant.The concert began with Elgar’s’ Enigma Variations. It is a set of fourteen variations and is among his best known works.

Tryon greeting fans, post concert

Tryon greeting fans, post concert

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Bloody Assizes; gutsy Brott! Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell
Sunday was the 200th Anniversary of the Ancaster Bloody Assizes which was celebrated at Fieldcote Museum with plays, speeches and an orchestral concert by the National Academy Orchestra as part of the Brott Music Festival. I thought I had arrived on site early but a play was in progress so I quietly erected my camp-chair & watched the sad demise of those hanged [hung?] after being found guilty of treason at the Bloody Assize. They did have a trial and not all were found guilty.

Brott; his 'sidearm' & some NAO musicians doing the "1812".

Brott; his ‘sidearm'; & some NAO musicians doing the “1812”.

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