For their second concert in the third series of 5 at the First, Rachel Mercer playing cello and Angela Parkon piano shared a concert of “Contrasts: Alone and Together”. The evening began with Mercer playing Johann Sebastian Bach’s very familiar series of six Suites for solo cello known as Suite No 1 in G major. This is a very intimate piece of music which perfectly suited the venue.
In fairness to our readers, a little personal history may justify a certain positive bias on the part of this reporter. It was fifty years ago this month that I blind-dated a recent immigrant to Toronto. He was from Montreal, thus cognizant of all the stereotypes his hometown bestowed on my city…lousy restaurants (true); Blue Laws; (also true) cold & insular (still true); and rolled up streets after sunset (NOT true). During those early dates when couples learn about each other; I found out he was an avid fan of live music, including jazz.
There was a time when Hamilton had no real identity crisis. The myth of the lunch-bucket City relieved us of the dreadful responsibility of gazing at our navels. It was easy to believe that we lived in a town where anyone who wanted to work hard could get a job; and where our sports teams were as tough and gritty as we were. A thriving and satisfying arts scene was exploding in all its glory: down the road in Toronto. Here in Hamilton, people were still wearing the free T-shirts that came in beer cases. Photo courtesy of James A. Chambers
Review by Danny Gaisin
Patrick Dennis’ 1955 serio/comedy play that portrayed his radical aunt – Marion Tanner, was made into a blockbuster movie musical (Auntie Mame) for Rosalind Russell, then back into an on-stage musical. Along the way, plot changes and support character adds/removals naturally occurred.
Review by Danny Gaisin
** Guilty Guilty Guilty ** A sleepy-headed scribe credited Lehninger instead of Parker for “O’ Canada” ! Editor
The H.P.O. concert was named & dedicated to its two composers, Maurice Ravel and Dmitri Shostakovich. Approximately one generation apart, the Frenchman and the Russian had some similar and yet some totally diverse musical styles and experiences.
Ravel lived from the end of the 19th century to almost the start of WWII. His compositions like Tombeau de Couperin; Daphnis e Chloe, plus his arrangement of Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures’ are now almost as familiar as the piece he wrote for the movie “10” (just kidding)!
Saturday evening, the Oakville Chamber Orchestra presented a program which their conductor, Charles Demuynck, called Brilliance and Light. It contained the Triple Concerto in C major by Beethoven and Symphony #41 in C major; ‘the Jupiter’, by Mozart. The Triple Concerto is unique in that it is the only classical concerto ever written for a trio of soloists. Amy Dorfman, piano; Carolyn Hubel, violin; and cellist Felix Wong are the Blakemore Triofrom Nashville, Tennessee and they played the trio parts brilliantly & with perfect timing.