Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”; staged by 5 @1st Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
            “Capella Intima” and the Gallery Players of Niagara presented an early music program culminating in Henry Purcell’s short opera Dido and Aeneas. This was the fourth concert in the 5 at The First season for 2014-15 and the first time attempt at opera-in-concert. Word of the standard of these concerts has obviously got out as the audience was close to capacity and many of them apparently were musicians themselves.
Gallery Players consist of Julie Baumgarten, & Rona Goldensher, violins; Brandon Chui, viola; Margaret Gay, cello; Borys Medicky, harpsichord.  More…

“ONCE”; Mirvish retains the integrity of the original Reply

Review by Shibley AhmedreviewerAhmed
               Eight years ago I stumbled upon a low-budget indie film that received enthusiastic reviews but very little public fanfare. It was a film that was about songwriting as much as it was about emotional survival. It was probably the pacing, unknown cast, or rudimentary way in which it was shot that could have driven people away from the box-office. However a year later it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and before you knew it, this little film from Ireland had the audience it deserved.

the Pub performers of "ONCE"

the Pub performers of “ONCE”

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Erindale Theatre; a rave and a rant Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

It’s usually a treat attending UTM’s Theatre Erindale productions. Last night, seeing ‘Occupy Verona’ and ‘Alms for O’; a repertory double-header by the 3rd year students gleaned a rave. The pre-performance circumstances surrounding Parking had us ready to throw in the towel – hence the rant from one pissed-off writer & some other attendees. Miss’a, methinks thou shouldst get thy By-law house in order… “a plague on the city and its particular department”   photo by Jim Smagata

the occupiers of a Wall Street-ish Verona

the occupiers of a Wall Street-ish Verona

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“The Value of names”; family, politics & ‘HUAC’ Reply

Review by Ailine Hessreviewer Ailine Hess

Jeffery Sweet’s 30-year-old play “Value of Names”  is presently staged, produced and directed by Ari Weisberg, the Artistic Director of TEATRON . Before the play began Weisberg told the audience that the original Benny withdrew from the production less than two weeks prior to opening night. Eric Fink stepped in on short notice and is still not completely off-book. He plays the role with intelligence, wit, and conviction.
As the play begins, Norma Silverman, the daughter played by Justine Lewis, comes to visit her father Benny, played by Eric Fink.

the protagonists of "VALUE OF NAMES"

Leo; Norma & Benny; the  “VALUE OF NAMES” protagonists

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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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