Review by Danny Gaisin
Just over a year ago, the H. P. O. began auditioning for a replacement artistic director/conductor. Like all those companies that market kitchen and laundry detergent, they wanted to announce something ‘New and Improved’. The first candidate was a young woman from down-under and according to this scribe; the evening was “A melodic banquet”. The major selection – a personal Beethoven favorite and the guest conductor was maestra Gemma New.
conductor NEW & editor TERRY
Review by Terry Gaisin
Attending a musical concert is usually an opportunity to hear familiar favorites or recognizable nostalgic pieces. Unlike listening to the same works on one’s stereo or CD player; the performing artist should contribute some reminiscence, trivia and background to introduce each piece. But most important is the addition of the entertainer’s individuality that makes an evening special. Michèle Tredger has a personality that almost outshines her full-range soprano voice, and both were on display at her Beth Jacob fundraising event.
Proux, Tredger & Bitton in performance
Review by Judith Caldwell
The two winners of the Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s Youth Concerto Competition headlined the final OCO concert of the 2014/2015 season and it was certainly a grand send off to the season. The winners were Tessa Laengert, soprano, and pianist Marko Pejanovic. The concert began with the orchestra playing Symphony #5 in B-flat major by Franz Schubert. Those of us who have seen ‘Amadeus’ are used to the idea of Antonio Salieri as a miserable, jealous man, but he was really quite generous in his praise for his student, Schubert.
OCO president Angelo Gervasio with winners Laengert & Pejanovic