“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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O.A.R.’s “THE TOP TEN”; 2014 Reply

Selected by Staff & Admin.

Annual Ritual no. 10 as O.A.R., but the 14th incarnation of re-capping those efforts that had the greatest impact on our attending contributors… the best of over two hundred cultural events. Here in calendar order are the most entertaining or thought-provoking endeavors selected.

“A Stitch in Time”; Theatre Erindale has made it a habit of staging only Class “A” presentations. It’s beginning to feel that we are more publicity agents than critics of their efforts. A Stitch in Time‘s plot may have other iterations but the comedic aspect is clever enough to still capture an audience.

Sheridan's "HELLO DOLLY" cast

Sheridan’s “HELLO DOLLY” cast

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