Review by Danny Gaisin
The forties; a time when there WASN’T an automatic transmission; or TV’s; jet planes; 33⅓rpm LP’s; six-figure homes; push –button phone dialing; single-pane windshields or sports bras. What there was WAS, radio; Big Bands, family dinners, dances and some memorable music. “THE ALL NIGHT STRUT”is a trip back to the WWII years, and the ethos of a world emerging from Depression and into a conflict unique in history. Music played a big role as a psychological counterpart to the emotional trepidation felt in most communities.
the quartet -“STRUTTING”
Review by Tony Kilgannon
Saturday marked the reunion of the Hamilton Philharmonic with Basia Bulat, for the first of this season’s Pops Series. There is something about mixing together more than one type of music which can be very exciting, in the same way that combining various flavours of foods can be. We’ve become used to certain combinations, and know what to expect. A jazz vocalist with an orchestra, for example, is a “flavour” we all enjoy. We operate within a certain comfort level within that tradition, exploring the unique qualities that each vocalist or stylist brings. Sometimes, as in the food analogy, a whole different flavour is created. Put apples & cheese together, and you have an idea of what Bulat and the HPO achieved. It was a fresh, interesting sound that very much appealed to this reviewer, earning a standing ovation from the audience.
Basia Bulat & company, onstage with the HPO
Oct. 14th, ‘12
For the second year, the Miss’a Symphony is holding auditioning concerts for a new conductor and again we were invited to attend all three. Last evening, on our arrival at the Living Arts Centre box office, there were no tickets arranged…Strike one! Then, due to delays including the comp’s arriving one-at-a time we missed the guest’s opening comments; anthem and Eugene Onegin’s Waltz #24…Strike two. Then, contrary to our newspaper’s editorial policy, the orchestra’s G.M. would not permit any post-performance photograph opportunity…Strike three! The Arts Review team was retired. Sorry, Ms. Yan & Mr. Pronin; as well as to Paul Weston and the MSO musicians. More…
Review by Amy McBride
The song cycle “PENELOPE” was mesmerizing from beginning to end! Even after watching, and hearing it performed I am still unsure if I was really there when it happened. The voice of Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) was captivating; somehow subtly voracious, and at the same time incredibly poetic and wondrous. Sarah Kirkland Snider, the composer of this magical story, came up with this idea of loosely basing Penelope on the story of Homer’s Odyssey; modernized into a story of a soldier returning to his wife after 20 years at war. The soldier has suffered brain damage and it seems that the sea that took him to war has finally brought him home to his wife. More…
Review by Danny Gaisin
Busy night at HECFI: – comedian John Pinette on stage at the Great Hall; the Rascal Flatts @ Copps; and in the studio Theatre Denzal Sinclaire. We enthusiastically picked the latter having been impressed with his guest track on Karin Plato’s first album and his superb M.C. ing of the National Jazz Awards a few years back.
Since then, we’ve heard him perform on CBC as well as a personal interview which demonstrated his ability to speak without ‘ums’, “you knows”, or ‘like’s’… sports celebs – take note! Loved his singing, arranging and selections, but the show itself was a bit of a letdown.
Sinclaire, on-stage with Henderson & West