SHEN YUN, ‘Divine’, by name & by execution! 1

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
                    “Knee How” or, translated from the Mandarin – hello; and to all our readers, a ‘Happy & healthy year of the horse!’
It’s been six years since we first had the opportunity to witness the incredible talents of China’s minority spiritual discipline. The Falun Dafa’s revival of a 5,000-year old artistic archetype though it’s amazing performance group – SHEN YUN. Impacting back in 2008, Shen Yun 2014 is even more impressive and flawless in execution and audience amazement

SHEN YUN's interpretation of the 'Descent of the Deities'

SHEN YUN’s interpretation of the ‘Descent of the Deities’

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O.A.R.’s “THE TOP TEN”, 2013 Reply

Selected by Staff & Admin.

Lucky13th time; the ninth as our own publishers,  acknowledging those events of 2013 that – to our minds were paramount. Selections are based on impact- whether amusing, educational or thought-provoking to the audience.  This past year, illness reduced (for the 1st time) the number of events attended to just under 200. Herewith our editorial team’s selections in calendar order

the cast of THE PYJAMA GAME

the cast of THE PAJAMA GAME

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MESSIAH; the 2013 N.A.O. version Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
Last evening (Monday)at St. Patrick’s Church in Hamilton the Brott Music Festival presented Handel’s Messiah featuring the National Academy Orchestra of Canada; the Arcady Choir and soloists Leslie Ann Bradley- soprano; Pamela Mac Donald, alto; tenor Michael Colvin, and Gordon Bintner, baritone.
After reviewing several recent concerts of unfamiliar music it was very nice to be able to relax into the lovely sounds of Handel’s work, a Christmas perennial on the concert circuit even though it’s content makes it seem more suitable to Easter.

Brott congratulating his principal cellist post-MESSIAH

Brott congratulating his principal cellist, post-MESSIAH

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“REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY”; A Factory Theatre gamble Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2
               New works are always a gamble, especially on opening night. You never know how an audience is going to react; what could go right, or horribly wrong. That’s a risk all live performances take, so that just adds to the thrill of going to see a show. Any new work is subject to re-writes and revisions, but there is potential in what is being written. Repetitive Strain Injury by Rob van Meenan is no different.

the protagonists of REPETITIVE SPRAIN INJURY

the protagonists of REPETITIVE SPRAIN INJURY

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“Strength in Numbers”: a non Xmas concert Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
Ensemble Made in Canada
presented a concert; their sixth in six days, last night at the First Unitarian Church in Hamilton consisting of two duets and one quartet. The first duet featured Angela Park on piano and Sharon Wei on viola in a piece called “4 Visages” by Darius Milhaud, who said of himself ‘I am a Frenchman from Provence’, but he had also visited Brazil – and it showed.  The four faces are those of different women – the Californian, the  Wisconsonian, La Bruxelloise plus La Parisienne and Milhaud has written four distinct character pieces.

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the Ensemble members

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“A Christmas Carol” or “Scroogissimo” – @ Artbar Reply

Review by  Tony Kilgannonreviewer_Tony
               For the record, I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas entertainment. Most of it is cheesy and manipulative, and we are exposed to it far too often.  It seems like Christmas starts earlier every year, and lasts longer and longer. “Bah. Humbug “, as the man said.  I make one exception to this rule, however; Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Or should I say more accurately, the movie of the book (nobody reads books) – the one with Alistair Sim, a masterpiece beloved by anyone with a modicum of taste. 
Photo courtesy of Adam CarterScroogissimo More…