K.W.S. does ‘progressive Rock’ Reply

Review by Amy McBride
               The last concert of the intersection series was a mix of Progressive Rock & orchestral music, with some palette cleansers throughout the mix of loud, hard, actually thrilling rock selections. Edwin Outwater conducted the KWS at the smaller venue,-Kitchener’s Conrad Centre for Performing Arts. The majority of the seats were filled with people from the concert sponsor; WALTERFEDY… who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the evening.
     Outwater wanted the audience to connect with older musical selections that were utilized by rock bands throughout the 1960’s-80’s More…

Advertisements

Masterwork’s Resurrection; & Mahler’s 2nd Reply

Review by George Crotty

“…This isn’t Los Angeles, or New York, or any other major city; this is Oakville…” Anthony Ward-Smith said at the intermission of the Masterwork’s rendition of Mahler’s 2nd symphony on Saturday night. He was right- you could tell you were in Oakville. Masterworks, isn’t exactly perfect, and Oakville is farther from the Los Angeles Philharmonic than it looks.

Demuynck, from the orchesta's perspective • Photo courtesy of Michael Willems

More…

KWS & music of John Williams Reply

Review by Amy McBride

A movie is never made without music, and who better to create a one of a kind theatrical score than John Williams? The concert was an amazing journey through some of Hollywood’s most celebrated film music; including the memorable two note da-da, da-da from’ Jaws’ and the thrilling motifs from ‘Star Wars’. The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and conductor Michael Krajewski delivered once again. Krajewski added his own wit and humor to the evening by including interesting introductions to the pieces. Opening with music from Star Wars got the audiences attention as the entire orchestra got a chance to participate. More…

O.C.O. visits a musical Olde England Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Distance & time constraints have kept this particular OAR critic from some concerts by the Oakville Chamber Orchestra; the hiatus is over as of last evening’s performance featuring the music of 17th-20th century Britain. From the individual instruments rehearsing pre-downbeat, this OCO is a musical force to be appreciated. In true chamber mode the program was restricted to the strings, including theorbo!

The opening work was Elgar’s ‘introduction & allegro, which like Beethoven’s 6th possesses an intrinsic delightfully-melodious hypnotic. More…

H.P.O. and “Cherish The Ladies” Reply

Review by Kim Wessel

The audience was waiting with anticipation and everyone was filled with excitement waiting for the show to start. Guest conductor Martin MacDonald came out and started us off with “The Irish Washerwoman” by Anderson. I have to say that Martin was quite the jokester in his comments tonight. He was telling us how he isn’t Irish and he hopes that just because he is a Scotsman that they don’t drag him off the stage. And, just so that everyone is aware, one concert (not tonight) he actually conducted while wearing a kilt, and he let us all know that they are really warm, not drafty. Unlike a true Scotsman, he wore bicycle shorts underneath.

Conductor McDonald & critic Kim Wessel

More…