A novice’s take on the H.P.O. Reply

Review by Florence Roullet
reviewer FlorenceLife is full of surprises. A special encounter transformed me into an Art Critic for an evening. I accepted the challenge with enthusiasm and herewith—my impressions as a neophyte. Saturday evening I had the great pleasure to attend the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra “For the Love of the Screen” a ‘Pops’ edition at Hamilton Place, directed by guest conductor David Martin. Accompanied by Trevor Copp, director of the Tottering Biped Theater in Burlington; I spent an enchanting evening

conductor David Martin

conductor David Martin

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Opera Hamilton & ‘FALSTAFF’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
Shakespeare’s plays contain a plethora of women outfoxing the males. Taming’s ‘Katherine’ & Merchant’s Portia’. 12th Night’s Olivia & Much Ado’s Hero and Beatrice to name a few; but his Merry Wives of Windsor which is the epitome of the genre. Verdi’s last opera is a musical retelling of how John Falstaff gets his come-uppance at the hands of a coterie of ladies. Opera Hamilton’s staging of this boffo is artistically creative and musically a treat.  Photo courtesy of John Overmeyer

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‘MUSIKAY’, and Vivaldi’s Gloria Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith

On Saturday at St. John’s United Church in Oakville the newly named MUSIKAY, (previously the Oakville Ensemble), presented an evening of baroque music culminating in Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’.  The concert began with a Sonata for trumpet in D major composed by Giuseppe Torelli in 1690.  The soloist was Jonas Feldman who told us he is a military band conductor.  For a conductor he plays a mean trumpet and was a joy to hear in this festive 17th century work.

the MUSIKAY ensemble

Musikay

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“You’ll Get Used To It! – The WAR SHOW” Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
                Caveat:- Anyone born in the ‘dirty Thirties’ will have memories of World War Two. Whether melancholic or of just an historical interest; WWII affected all of us of that generation and The War Show will disturb. Long sublimated concepts will rise like oil on water. In this writer’s case, it was the sirens; seeing ration books displayed in the lobby, and the songs whose lyrics still are engraved in this aging mind.
On Sept. 1st of 1939, as a result of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland; Britain declared war…Canada followed suit nine days later.

the cast of 'THE WAR SHOW'

the cast of ‘THE WAR SHOW’

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Everyone into the POOL! Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               For any Oakville community theatre fan, the concept of Dia Frid & Virginia McEwen as comedic adversaries has to be utopian! Mix in a creative director (Yo Mustafa) and a dynamic support cast and you have the formula for a definitely successful POOL’S PARADISE.
It was the late football coach –Vince Lombardi, who was credited with the philosophy that ‘Winning isn’t everything – it’s the only thing”. He, his team, and every patron of OLG’s 649; LottoMAX; Megadice etc. including yours truly; take his quote to heart.

Yo & his football-pool of thespians

Yo & his football-pool of thespians

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M.S.O., new & exciting! Reply

by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
                As for arrangements; “He has his own ideas but always pays homage to the composer”. The quotation was from my seatmate who had worked with Denis Mastromonac- the new music director of the MSO. Hearing the musicians perform Glinka’s Ruslan/Ludmilla overture with exuberance, vibrancy and an added musicological dimension; this is one classy assemblage. Mastromonaco comes to Mississauga with an astounding C.V. and his manner with the music, the audience, and his musicians themselves; is one of respect and co-operation- not dictatorial. No Von Karajan or Muti, thank-you!

Tryon & the M.S.O.

Tryon & the M.S.O.

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