Review by Judith Caldwell
The Brott Music Festival and the National Academy Orchestra presented an evening of the late Michael Jackson’s music. They were aided by the Jeans ‘n Classics Band and Gavin Hope as lead singer. Brendan Hagan, this year’s apprentice conductor, led the orchestra. Shakespeare wrote “The evil that men do live after them; the good is oft interred with their bones” [Julius Caesar, III, sc. 2] With Jackson; it seems the opposite is proving true!
The music was presented chronologically beginning with some of the Jackson Five hits like ‘I Want You Back’, ‘ABC’ and the very nostalgic ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’.
conductor Gavin Hope & the NAO’s concertmistress
Review by Danny Gaisin
The term ‘Bittersweet’ is just about as oxymoronic as it gets, but attending our foreseeably final evening at Stage West’s cabaret theatre, it was sweet…and it was bitter. Walking through the halls between box office and theatre entrance, the visiting celebs’ photographs that we had met, socialized with, critiqued and enjoyed seem to look especially sombre for a P.R. shot!
The Phil George/ David Lowenstein creation – “SHOUT”, has virtually no plot.
the girls of ‘SHOUT’
Review, by Tina Gaisin
“Hotel Solstice”, Shadowpath Theatre Productions first annual charity fundraiser was a tremendous success! Charitable receipts were given and money was raised for Shadowpath and Markham Youth Theatre. Not only did they fill the room, but they used every space on the first floor of Aloft Hotel Vaughan, who donated its space, to its advantage. The evening started with the Deputy Mayor of Vaughan – Gino Rosati giving a brief speech and presenting a plaque to Alex Karolyi of Shadowpath; then a ribbon cutting along with Rosati, Alex Karolyi and Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco.
Bander Welle; Karolyi & Ballard – the creative team
Review by Tina Gaisin
During the Toronto Jazz Festival, tucked away in the Distillery District on the third floor of the Dancemakers Centre for Creation was a wonderful evening filled with wine tasting, wonderful food, friendly people, silent auction. The show, by Tziporah Productions started with a lone piano player then a beautiful narrator, light and dance through space and time using lights, shadows different heights and mediums to make us feel that through a narrator (storyteller) a colourful picture painted about the not only the galaxy but the universe.
Review by Danny Gaisin
Listening to Beethoven’s greatest composition – the 1824 Ninth Symphony in D-minor is just over an hour’s worth of undeniable ‘time well spent’. It has everything; melody, tempi, creative instrumentation, imagery, poetry, and vocals…hence “The Chorale”. I have about four different versions in my musical appreciation room, i.e. finished Basement! It always seems to project something new. The opening 2013 Brott Festival presentation managed to add another dimension.
The NAO; choirs & soloists amazing the BPAC audience
Review by Terry Gaisin
Paul Simon wouldn’t have dreamed of it; Neil Diamond – never. Natalia Makarova couldn’t imagine going ‘on-pointe’ and Led Zeppelin remained on their trio of tushes during tributes at the Kennedy and Lincoln Centres. But not our Boris! As this year’s Hamilton J.N.F. Negev Dinner honouree; Maestro Brott rather than being entertained; left his co-recipient Ardyth at the head table and took to the podium to delight those of us in attendance by conducting the National Academy Orchestra.
The Brotts receiving a plaque from the J.N.F. & event officers
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