Review by Danny Gaisin
Like most of my generation; R.L. Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’; “Kidnapped”, and Master of Ballantrae were de rigeuer novels. His ‘Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’ was considered somewhat verboten for young minds. Understandable; because the plot deals with Dis-associative Identity Disorder; or ‘split personality’. The psychological duality or dichotomy of societal morality vs. human instinct is just as pervasive today as it was in 1886 when R.L.S. wrote his book. The Wildhorn/Cuden/ Bricusse musical interpretation is now 25 years old.
The full cast of “JEKYLL & HYDE, the Musical”
Review by David Richards
Canadian mega-star violinist, Karen Gomyo, returned to Toronto’s Koerner Hall after a two-year absence, in a newly-formed piano trio that included the Swiss cellist, Christian Poltéra and Finnish pianist, Juho Pohjonen. Thirty-four-year-old Gomyo has been performing with major orchestras in North America and Europe since her youth, and is now striking out on a tour with her husband, cellist Christian Poltéra, and pianist Juho Pohjonen, in search of musical balance and the intimacy of chamber music performance.
The piano trio, yet unnamed, is world-class. Both Poltéra and Pohjonen have notable international careers.
The trio; post-concert