‘The Rover’, the itinerant; or his vessel; or BOTH? Reply

Review by Danny Gaisinreviewer_Danny
                    The book was written 3⅓ centuries ago, but the appropriateness and impact of Aphra Behn’s satire still carries both message and humour for today’s audience; especially as directed by Melee Hutton and presented by Theatre Erindale. We laughed, we applauded the actors; we appreciated the clever dialogue and even participated in the on-stage shenanigans and plot convolutions. It is certainly a challenge for the actors and UTM’s  students manage the task with aplomb.
Photo by Jim Smagata

Potter & Martin observed by disguised cast-members

Potter & Martin observed by disguised cast-members

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The Theatre Programme: A Closer Look Reply

Commentary by Rob MacFarlane

                        No afternoon or evening at the theatre would be complete without receipt of a ‘playbill’ or ‘programme’ by audience members as they take their seats prior to a performance. Let’s take a moment or two to consider just what’s been handed to them.  The earliest handwritten or printed information provided to an audience originated in the 18th century, and the term ‘playbill’ comes from a New York City publication by that name, founded in 1884, that continues to this day.

playbills & programmes

playbills & programmes

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O.C.O. & Israelievitch – ace Beethoven Reply

Review by Danny Gaisinreviewer_Danny
He only wrote one violin concerto, but like his 6th symphony; the Bagatelle; sonatas 8 & 14; quantity is secondary to quality. The D-major op.61 with its thematic opening notes that reprise throughout the 23-minute allegro opening are, and will remain, timeless *. Over a half-century ago, I heard the late Henryk Szeryng perform this piece with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Last night Jacques Israelievitch gave an outstanding reading of the same work. Connection – Israelievitch was a student of Szeryng’s!

Israelievitch & the O.C.O. in performance

Israelievitch & the O.C.O. in performance

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A Good Night for Desdemona and Juliet Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2
Going to see theatre is a fantastic way to become more cultured and start up conversations about the arts. If one brings a friend, it can be much easier explaining just how awful or wonderful a piece of theatre really was. Usually this writer does some research on what I’m seeing before writing reviews; unfortunately, due to extenuating circumstances, I wasn’t able learn & prep about “Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)” .

The stress & strife that's "Goodnight Desdemona" etc.

The stress & strife that’s “Goodnight Desdemona” etc.

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Stabat Mater; a Musikay concert Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
On Saturday evening Musikay, professional musicians under the direction of Maestro Stephane Potvin, performed the Baroque music by Handel and Pergolesi. Concerto grosso op 6 no 4 by George Frideric Handel opened the evening and even though this work was composed after Handel had been living in England for some time, the Italian influence is unmistakable. In the excellent program notes Potvin told us that Handel ‘learned much from Corelli’s compositional style, including clear, forceful construction, juxtaposition of homophony and polyphony, contrast of movements, and use of dance forms.’

the musicians of MUSIKAY

the performers of Musikay

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Yao Guang Zhai, clarinet; guest of 5@1st Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell
               Hamilton is very fortunate to have Rachel Mercer living here.  She is a cellist and also the Artistic Director for 5 @ the First, a concert series of chamber music which features many of her extremely talented friends.  On Saturday evening the featured guest was Yao Guang Zhai, a young Chinese clarinet player who is currently associate principal clarinet with the Toronto Symphony.  He performed duets and a trio with Mercer on cello & Angela Park on piano.

Park & Zhai

Park and Zhai…post performance

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