After two consecutive years of inclusion in the O.A.R.’s Top Ten listings (2011 –Sommerville, & 2012 under guest Matthew Kraemer of BPO); a two-year absence. Last evening’s concert under podium-candidate Stilian Kirov and guest soloist Blake Pouliot is a sure-fire contender for inclusion in our upcoming list! The concert was a technical, emotional, and performance gem. Only superlatives will do to describe any of these production aspects. Each of the three selected works demonstrated a specific facet of an orchestral concert.
On Saturday evening, Angela Park gave a piano recital which was prefaced by a performance by one of her students. Ian Chan is a 13 year old who lives near Toronto and had lessons from Park whenever she was home from her duties at Indiana University. Now she is back in the Toronto area the lessons have become more regular. Chan is not just an accomplished pianist; he also won the prestigious RCM Silver Medal for violin and plays percussion in the school band – an extremely talented young man.
Considering the gamut & levels of theatre that critics have the opportunity to witness, most of us 5th Estate types categorize or pigeon-hole the various genera; naturally, leeway is afforded to amateur and community ensembles. Clarkson Music Theatre’s YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN requires no such latitude…it’s as professional as any mainstream company; Shaw, CanStage & Stratford included! This musical (& very much alive) version of Mel Brooks’ 1974 movie hit is even more fun than its film original.
The shooting of Charles ‘Bert’ Massey in February of 1915 was an epitomic ‘cause celebre’, He was a MASSEY, albeit not well-liked by the pater familias; and Carrie Davies was his virginal eighteen-year old housekeeper… the same age as young Bert was when he impregnated his wife and had the son whose pistol was the instrument of Bert’s death.
The family was away and Bert decided it was time to “do” Carrie. She resisted and the next day; in fear for her chastity – ‘blew him away’. Photo by James Smagata
Review by Shibley Ahmed
On entering the foggy Factory Theatre Main Stage there seemed to be a sense of anticipation amongst the crowd. Opening nights will undoubtedly do that for any production but even more so for one that has been chosen worthy enough to take its act to the National Arts Centre in March. Producer/Actor duo, Michele Smith & Dean Gilmour’s TAKE ME BACK TO JEFFERSON takes William Faulkner’s much-revered 1930 character-driven novel, “As I Lay Dying” and provides a realistically immersive journey back in time to the old south.
Photo courtesy of Katherine Fleitas
Prior to Musikay‘s Mona Lisa concert the audience were entertained by a group called the Society for Creative Anachronism.- a family-friendly history club devoted to studying and re-creating the most enjoyable aspects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. They managed to teach a surprising number of audience members several dances from the Middle Ages and the music and dances were fun, easy, and accessible after all these years.
Then the eight singers of tonight’s a-capella choir came on and sang the Renaissance version of Nat King Cole’s Oscar-winning “Mona Lisa” (Captain Carey, USA ‘Paramount’1950).