It happens often in both churches and synagogues: The board is searching for a new minister or rabbi, someone young with fresh ideas who will appeal to the younger people in the community. Once the perfect candidate is selected and tries to implement changes needed to increase membership, the board becomes polarized and seems to do everything it can to block the new leader from carrying out any kind of plan.
Word has gotten out about how good these concerts are and a capacity crowd came out on a cold January night to hear a very accomplished sextet play Brahms and Tchaikovsky. The evening began with a group of teenaged players called the Bel Canto Strings Academy Chamber Orchestra directed by Jennifer Spleit-Landry. They played the theme from Schindler’s List by the brilliant John Williams, and Brahms Academic Festival Overture. More…
From a practical point, displaying the basics or even the accoutrements of such summer activities as boating, cottage life or motorcycling seems to make no commercial sense. However, given the psyche of aficionados of these past-times, two aspects are served. First, the anticipatory attitude primes one to make purchases- necessary or just wishful; and it also provides a welcome break from the blahs!
The initials abbreviate the term ‘Old Fart’ – and refer not only to the endemic gastric condition that occurs with aging; but to a mental state as well. This particular O.F. took to finally realizing a lifelong ambition to motorcycle drive by purchasing a Vespa™ scooter as a personal 70th birthday present to me. Three years later, we’ve moved up to a 750cc Honda, familiarly called ‘Rhonda’ and enjoyed her so much that the 2-week winter break seemed a fortuitous time to schlep her down south for some sunny winter riding. However, CAVEATS!!!
For the first half of the 20th century, popular recorded music required only notable music, clever lyrics and a voice to validate it. Post Korean War, with the advent and proliferation of T.V.; imagistic impression became intrinsic. Thus, costumes; choreography and special effects were an equal criterion. STAGE WEST’s director Tim French is a master of exhibiting performances that cleverly encompass all of these concepts. Photo by Ron Beintema
Review by Judith Caldwell
Dec. 8th, ‘12
Oakville Ensemble’s fourth annual presentation of The Messiah took place on Saturday. The Ensemble is a small choir of 16 singers plus soloists and is led by Maestro Stephane Potvin. Sometimes they sing a capella but this evening they were accompanied by a nine piece orchestra of strings, trumpets, continuo and timpani.