Musikay, an entertaining, educational experience 1

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
           After a decade of restricting concerts to the Oakville area, Musikay added a performance in Hamilton that was in cooperation with that city’s Centre français. Incorporating works by mostly unfamiliar French composers from the fifteenth & sixteenth centuries, there were also compositions by such luminaries as Rameau; Couperin; and the prolific Anonyme. The five choral members and director Stéphane Potvin sang a cappella in arrangements that were vocally intricate with melodic paraphrasing. The effective rondos coupled with two and three-part harmonies gave added life and meaning to the tri-focused selections.

Tambourine-ing Potvin with the Musikay vocalists


“Ὀρέστης”; (Orestes) Theatre Erindale takes on Euripides Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

Occasionally, everyone should have the chance to be a ‘smartass’. Having spent two days of our recent Med. cruise in Greece; naturally we feel permitted to write “ORESTE” in the poet’s own language. So, readers; please forgive this scribe’s taking of liberties with this my sixtieth UTM critique. Translated by Professor Anne Carson, her take couples modern idiom with an approximately 2465 year-old tale of the Gods interfering with mere mortals. For those not familiar with Greek mythology; Orestes, and his sister Elektra are offspring of King Agamemnon & Clytemnestra.  Photo – James Smagata, Erindale

Elektra (WEICHERT) comforting Orestes (KINGHAN)


“PERFECT WEDDING”; a theatrical nuptial gem Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Playwright Robin Hawdon is the British counterpart of Canada’s Norm Foster; hilarious situations made almost plausible and thus persistently delighting audiences. West End Studio Theatre’s version of the ‘What a tangled web we weave etc.” circumstance epitomizes the WEST mantra: – professionalism, professionalism, professionalism (apologies to the Real Estate industry). Perfect directing; perfect casting and perfect crew contribution make PERFECT WEDDING another surefire O.A.R. Top Ten winner for 2015! This effort delineates the phrase ‘Must See”

the protagonists of PERFECT WEDDING

the protagonists of “PERFECT WEDDING”


Violin duets featured by “5 @ the 1st” Reply

Editor’s note: – The ARTS REVIEW has been in a 3-week hiatus due to the editorial staff finally visiting Europe and the Middle East. Like the Liberals … We’re BACK!

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
The opening concert of the 5 at the First 6th season on October 10th, 2015 offered us a series of violin duets played by Stephen Sitarski and Lance Ouellette. Sitarski is the acclaimed past-concertmaster & soloist of the Kitchener/Waterloo orchestra & now holds the same post with the HPO.
The concert began with a solo by Martin Noh, a 15 year old student of Ouellette’s. He played the allegro movement from Max Bruch’s Concerto No. 1 in G minor.

Ouellette & Sitarski; post-concert

Ouellette & Sitarski; post-concert