“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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“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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Rousing music by O.C.O., for a snowy night Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
The Oakville Chamber Orchestra presented a program in E flat Major preceded by a lecture from conductor Charles Demuynck about the significance of E flat. He is a passionate and engaging teacher and it is no wonder this orchestra has blossomed under his direction. They are a group of very talented and dedicated volunteers.
The evening began with Piano Concerto #22 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played by Stephanie Cheng who is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the American University of Kuwait.

Stephanie Cheng & OCO conductor Charles Demuynck

Stephanie Cheng & OCO conductor Charles Demuynck

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H.P.O.’s candidate no. 5 – Theodore Kuchar Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
The Hamilton Philharmonic has a new addition. Percussionist Ernest Portman introduced a glockenspiel to his other rhythm family. It’s a musical instrument, not a semi-automatic sidearm, with a tone and reverberation that is a symphonic enhancement.
There is a subtle HPO difference noticeable under different batons; both sound and individual postures. Guest conductor Theodore Kuchar seems to have established a certain rapport with the musicians that manifests itself in a conspicuously more relaxed and comfortable demeanor.

Cerovsek & Kuchar performing the Glazunov concerto

Cerovsek & Kuchar performing the Glazunov concerto

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5 @ the 1st; “Czech Celebration” Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
Ever wonder why composers, citizens or musicians from the Czechoslovakian Republic aren’t called ‘Checkers’? ‘Cuz the Americans patented the name for their version of draughts! This weekend the Mercer team presented a string celebration of Czech music and the guests and selections made it a standout concert. The opening works were arranged and performed by Hamilton’s talented teen cellists, Maximilian & Theodor Aoki. Pieces by Michael Jackson and the Tedder/Filkins pop rock team were ably performed, but unfortunately both opuses were repetitious with pedestrian variations.

Berick,Koczo,Mercer,Desoer,Boyle & Rudolph, performing Dvorak

Berick,Koczo,Mercer,Desoer,Boyle & Rudolph, performing Dvorak

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“Salute to Vienna”; you’ll exit humming 2

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Vienna has been known as the ‘City of Music’ forever. When Attila & Marion Glatz decided to publicize their hometown; what could be more applicable than a musical pastiche of the city’s heritage. “Salute to Vienna” is just that, except a subtitle might well be Salute to a cultural legacy! Feeling a little adroit… how about trying to name about a dozen famous classical composers and musicians who were either native or residents of this old Austrian capitol. (See end of article). *

Conductor Schulz and some dancer s& singers of "SALUTE to VIENNA"

Conductor Schulz and some dancer s& singers of “SALUTE to VIENNA”

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