Bach Elgar choir, a change-of-pace concert Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
Last evening, Hamilton’s Bach Elgar Choir deviated from their usual fare to offer a concert of Canadian folksongs. The Choir was led by Alexander Cann and accompanied by Krista Rhodes, piano and flautist Susan Edmonds. The first half was of older, more traditional songs – most over 200 years old – and began with a Huron Dance Song which sounded very familiar to us in Southern Ontario with its traditional drum beat and words with no meaning sung to reinforce the beat. Then on to a 1919 shipwreck song from Newfoundland which honoured the Captain for grounding the ship and thus avoiding loss of life.

the Bach-Elgar ensemble in performance

the Bach-Elgar ensemble in performance

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‘Alleluya’-MUSIKAY’s first Hamilton offering Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
             Anyone who likes sacred Renaissance music should have been at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Waterdown on Saturday evening when Musikay presented a program titled “Alleluya” for 4 a capella voices.  Unfortunately, a rather sparse audience found their way there which may have been because this was Musikay’s first concert in the Hamilton area or it may have been because there are no obvious external signs that this church is actually St. Thomas’.  Hopefully more people will attend in future.
The voices belonged to Brenda Enns, soprano; alto Catherine McCormack; Nick Gough, tenor; and Terrance Ball, bass with Maestro Stephane Potvin conducting.

Musikay's soloists: -Enns; McCormack; Gough & Ball

Musikay’s soloists: -Enns; McCormack; Gough & Ball

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Powerful N.A.O. Concert in Waterdown Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
      The National Academy Orchestra gave an outstanding performance of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony, in Waterdown, Part of The Brott Music Festival, the concert also featured a large choir and four talented soloists. The N.A.O. is made up of recent music graduates who are just beginning their professional careers. They gain the opportunity to play orchestral music during the Festival, while being mentored by seasoned orchestral players, who give them both musical and business advice. The competition for places is quite fierce and the standards very high.

Conductor Brott & soloist BARB CROALL

Conductor Brott & soloist BARB CROALL

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T.O.’s MENDELSSOHN CHOIR spectacular in Haydn’s “CREATION” Reply

Review by David RichardsReviewerDave-R
Last night, the near capacity audience at Koerner Hall stepped out of the reality of today’s world of global waste and desecration to celebrate the wonders of life on this planet. The Creation, an opera-like oratorio by Franz Josef Haydn, was written at a time when the Genesis story was unquestioned. Nevertheless, in 2016, it inspired the audience to consider the “six day” evolution from the chaos of nothingness to our glorious world minus the industrial pollution, human tragedies, and global warfare.       Photo courtesy of Frank Nagy

Choir & orchestra performing "CREATION"

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‘STRATA VOCAL ENSEMBLE’ celebrates Earth Day Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
    Strata Vocal Ensemble’s tribute to Earth Day, on April 24th, showcased local poets and singers, and offered a wide range of music around the themes of Fire, Water, Earth and Wind. The afternoon was a mixture of spoken poetry and songs ranging from the 13th century poet Rumi to contemporary music by J. Aaron McDermid. The Ensemble’s 22 singers are mostly not professional musicians. Many of them sing in local church choirs, yet their conductor, Gordon Adnams, had them singing challenging and complex music and doing it very well. As icing- MacNeill Baptist Church has excellent acoustics.

The vocalists of the STRATA ENSEMBLE

The vocalists of the “STRATA ENSEMBLE

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“The World of Dufay according to MUSIKAY” Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
            The historical period familiarly called ‘The Renaissance’ ran from the 14th to 17 centuries and supposedly began in Italy. linking the Middle ages with modern history and reflected a nostalgia for the ancient Greek philosophical era, its artistic nostalgia emphasized humanism establishing definitive customs and conventions on society. Musically, one of the foremost proponents of the new ‘school’ was Guillaume Dufay. The bastard son of a priest, he became famous for his masses, hymns and magnificats sung during Vespers – formats clerically known as antiphons.

The MUSIKAY choir and (young) composer Loic Potvin

The MUSIKAY choir and (young) composer Loic Potvin

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