‘Clarinet Quintet’; by 5 at the 1st. Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
               The final concert in the 5 at the First series featured two clarinet quintets, one by Mozart and the other by Brahms, that were very different from one another. The concert opened with a young performer, Chloe Hewitt, playing from Bach’s Partita #2. This complicated work was well played even though Hewitt appeared nervous and failed to acknowledge the audience in any way. The first of the Quintets, this one by Mozart was composed for Anton Stadler who mastery of the instrument he admired.

Verschaeve,Mercer,Li,Berick,Bedard & Zhai

Verschaeve,Mercer,Li,Berick,Bedard & Zhai

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Vox Metropolis; classical AND interactive Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

The Church of St. John on Hamilton’s Charlton Street has the same cordial atmosphere and acoustics as does St. John’s in Oakville. Such ambiance somehow lends itself to an intimate environment for enjoying classical music. VOX METROPOLIS’ trio of flautist Sara Traficante; cellist Kirk Starkey and the piano of David Jones chose music from the mid-18th century right up to 2015. All of the works presented were – while some not melodic…certainly interesting.

Starkey; Jones & Traficante - performing on stage

Starkey; Jones & Traficante – performing on stage

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‘GRAND HOTEL’, “Call for Philip Dramaturge” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

The Mississauga Players’ in-house-authored bit of fluff plays strictly for laughs; and in that context – succeeds. As theatre, both the playwright and director need a smidgen of dramaturgical tweaking. Frank De Francesco’s pastiche ‘GRAND HOTEL’ presents six situations occurring on New Year’s Eve, as a long-suffering bellboy retires and a young replacement is thrust into the position of night manager. His involvements with the diverse hotel guests range from improbable to downright absurd. All are giggle-gleaning situations.

The staff and guests of the GRAND HOTEL

The staff and guests of the GRAND HOTEL

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Hamilton Philharmonic, a Grand Finale 1

Review by Ailine Hess
The Hamilton Philharmonic closed its 2014-2015 season at Hamilton Place with a concert was directed by former conductor James Sommerville, who also appeared as the soloist for the evening. The program included major orchestral works from the 18th and19th centuries. The concert opened with Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major, K.495. This work was completed in 1786 and was composed for Ignaz Leutgeb. Many soloists conduct while performing, but the French horn soloist plus conductor present unique challenges.

Sommerville with Natalie Choquette & Alex Baran, circa '08

Sommerville with Natalie Choquette & Alex Baran, circa ’08

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“The Execution of Eddie Slovik”; a ‘bull’s eye’ for Kayson Productions Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
He was the only American soldier executed for desertion since the Civil War and some still consider it a blot on Military justice. Based on W.B. Huie’s 1954 book; Robert Knuckle has crafted a balanced and almost objective iteration of this sorry chapter in American history. Under the aegis and delicate touch of Willard Boudreau; who is neither maudlin nor melodramatic, Kayson Productions of Dundas has staged a perfect and dramatic gem. We were fascinated and touched.

The Sloviks:- aka Austin Rudanieki & Andrea Adcock

The Sloviks:- aka Austin Rudanieki & Andrea Adcock

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“CROOKBACK”, or Fun with Dick & Anne; +Liz; +Isabel etc. Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
Shakespeare’s Richard III is a convoluted yet still fascinating play 6 centuries after his death at Bosworth – the battle that ended the Wars of the Roses and the House of York. The interpretive envelope-push had to be the Dreyfuss reading in ‘The Goodbye Girl”; but Tim Welham’s one-man definition is an incredible thespian piece of artistry. For 1¼ hours, Welham captures not only the physically flawed but morally challenged British King. By amazingly diverse facial expression; body language; voices and stance, the audience meets each of his friends, associates, victims and relatives.

Tim Welham as RICHARD III

Tim Welham as RICHARD III

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