A Salon concert; old-fashioned & delightful 1

Review by Danny Gaisinreviewer_Danny
Progress isn’t inevitably a better thing. Retrogression to something stylishly passé can still be operative and definitely satisfying. A salon-format concert harkens to the 17th century but the concept and natural intimacy is gratifying and especially desirable for aficionados and mild enthusiasts alike. A Saturday early evening recital at the Lakeshore Road home of Les & Nadine McLean featured two Metropolitan Opera musicians; violinist Elmira Darvarova and the viola talents of Ronald Carbone in an eclectic programme of works from the late 1600’s to almost contemporary composers.   Photo courtesy of Tom Beese

Darvarova & Corbone performing

Darvarova & Corbone performing

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‘CELLO BELLAS’, earn a capacity crowd ovation Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
Sandra Bohn, Rachel Desoer, Nadia Klein, Elspeth Poole, Rachel Mercer and Rebecca Morton are the Cello Bellas, or maybe they should be called the Sisterhood of the Travelling Cellos. They are a group of young musicians who are technically extremely good and who display an obvious love of their instrument and a great sense of fun.
On Saturday evening they played a Benefit concert to a sold out audience who obviously share their love of the cello.

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Porridge, the school play 3

Review by Stéphane Potvin

Recently, the George R. Allan school students and staff presented a production of Porridge, a humorous musical play counting in its midst, characters like the Three Bears, Goldie Lox (Goldilocks), Mother Hubbard, Jack Spratt, Simple Simon, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Peter Piper, and many more.
The play is described as follows: When a crime wave hits Happy Valley, there’s a caseload of mysteries to be solved! Who’s stolen Ma Hubbard’s recipe book? Who’s kidnapped Marigold the cow? And what dirty secret is Papa Bear hiding behind his Porridge empire?porridge_finale

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“Back to the 80’s”… a captivating trip Reply

Review by Danny Gaisinreviewer_Danny
When handing us our tickets from Theatre Ancaster’s box office; the lady behind the glass stated “You’ll really enjoy tonight; it’s good enough for any downtown stage!” After sitting through 2 ½ hours of intense vocal and terpsichorean talent; creative direction, and an impacting visual presentation, her observations were certainly not hyperbolic. “Back to the 80’s” is a delightful trip; &  a reminiscent voyage…not a ‘trip’ in the colloquial of the era!

Colin; Tracy & the Youth Chorus

Colin; Tracy & the Youth Chorus

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