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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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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“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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