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

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Boy’s Choir from France perform locally Reply

Editor’s Note: The following concert took place last week but the critique could not be (technically) uploaded until today. Apologies.  ETG

Review by
Judith Caldwell


                Maitrise Des Hauts de France, young singers of Lambersart, gave a concert At St. Thomas’ Catholic Church in Waterdown on Sunday evening. Francois Verschaeve was their translator/ interpreter for their North American tour and in exchange requested a concert in his home town of Waterdown.  He promised Father Lobsinger of St Thomas’ that he would fill the church for it – he got his wish on both counts. The choir was led by Conductor Jerome Cupelli and accompanied by Martine Betremieux on piano or organ.

The choir performing in Waterdown

The choir performing in Waterdown

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“The Magic of Bach”, a glorious baroque evening Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith

The final concert of the Musikay series was held on Saturday, at Oakville’s St. John’s Church. It was an evening of classical Baroque music, as well as recent, but all with the contrast of solo; ensemble including the precision and monody associated with Baroque works. The evening opened with one of six motets written for 8 voices by J.S. Bach; so essentially each of the choir members was singing their own part and the whole was a complicated and very beautiful piece so typical of the composer.

The vocal soloists, with  keyboarder Walker at left & cellist Moersh at each end

The vocal soloists, with keyboarder Walker at left & cellist Moersh at each end

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Pop Opera Choruses @ the RBG; presented by Bach Elgar Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith

The Bach Elgar Choir presented an afternoon of Popular Opera Choruses at the Royal Botanical Gardens on Sunday. It was a suitably joyful and hopeful program for the first day which finally felt like the end of winter. The first half began with the haunting Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco, a well-known and loved piece ideally suited to this choir. It was very interesting to hear this familiar ‘large’ music in such a small and intimate setting.

the Bach Elgar soloists, post RBG concert

the Bach Elgar soloists, post RBG concert

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“Windmill Theatre”, fun for performers & audience alike 1

Review by Terry McMetter & Danny O’Gaisin

Mississauga possesses a remarkably informal yet diversionary example of community ethos that offers an eclectic variety of vocal music. The soloists and combined voices of Windmill Theatre have something besides melodic talent; they obviously enjoy doing what they so ably can do. Their palpable pleasure in offering up each selection is mirrored in the enjoyment experienced by their audience. This weekend’s performances are titled ‘Tartan Joy’ and it certainly is!

the WINDMILL Choristers

the WINDMILL Choristers

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Mona Lisa; the concert – not the painting 1

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith

Prior to Musikay‘s Mona Lisa concert the audience were entertained by a group called the Society for Creative Anachronism.- a family-friendly history club devoted to studying and re-creating the most enjoyable aspects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. They managed to teach a surprising number of audience members several dances from the Middle Ages and the music and dances were fun, easy, and accessible after all these years.
Then the eight singers of tonight’s a-capella choir came on and sang the Renaissance version of Nat King Cole’s Oscar-winning “Mona Lisa” (Captain Carey, USA ‘Paramount’1950).

the MUSIKAY vocalists

the MUSIKAY vocalists

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