Renaissance Christmas performed by the Oakville Ensemble Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell

On Saturday evening at Grace Lutheran Church, the Oakville Ensemble gave us a Christmas Concert of Renaissance music sung à cappella.  The concert was taped for later airing by Cogeco™.  It will be aired several times before Christmas.
As in other disciplines, the Renaissance was a time of innovation and change for music.  There was a demand for serious music as entertainment, not just for liturgy, and musical education led to the growth of those educated amateurs who wished to play publicly.

Director Potvin & the Oakville Ensemble singers

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“5 @ the First”; round two of the season Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell

For their second concert in the third series of 5 at the First, Rachel Mercer playing cello and Angela Parkon piano shared a concert of “Contrasts: Alone and Together”. The evening began with Mercer playing Johann Sebastian Bach’s very familiar series of six Suites for solo cello known as Suite No 1 in G major.  This is a very intimate piece of music which perfectly suited the venue.

Mercer & Park; post-concert

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Hepner; Hillfield-Strathallan & “Linc” Reply

Review by Terry Gaisin

In fairness to our readers, a little personal history may justify a certain positive bias on the part of this reporter.  It was fifty years ago this month that I blind-dated a recent immigrant to Toronto. He was from Montreal, thus cognizant of all the stereotypes his hometown bestowed on my city…lousy restaurants (true); Blue Laws; (also true) cold & insular (still true); and rolled up streets after sunset (NOT true). During those early dates when couples learn about each other; I found out he was an avid fan of live music, including jazz.

The HEPNER Jazz orchestra @ Hillfield-Strathallan

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Two guests, two composers at the H.P.O 2

Review by Danny Gaisin

** Guilty Guilty Guilty ** A sleepy-headed scribe credited Lehninger instead of Parker for “O’ Canada” !  Editor

The H.P.O. concert was named & dedicated to its two composers, Maurice Ravel and Dmitri Shostakovich. Approximately one generation apart, the Frenchman and the Russian had some similar and yet some totally diverse musical styles and experiences.
Ravel lived from the end of the 19th century to almost the start of WWII. His compositions like Tombeau de Couperin; Daphnis e Chloe, plus his arrangement of Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures’ are now almost as familiar as the piece he wrote for the movie “10” (just kidding)!

Sitarski & Lehninger, post-concert

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Oakville Chamber Orchestra – Brilliance and Light Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell

Saturday evening, the Oakville Chamber Orchestra presented a program which their conductor, Charles Demuynck, called Brilliance and Light.  It contained the Triple Concerto in C major by Beethoven and Symphony #41 in C major;  ‘the Jupiter’, by Mozart.   The Triple Concerto is unique in that it is the only classical concerto ever written for a trio of soloists.  Amy Dorfman, piano; Carolyn Hubel, violin; and cellist Felix Wong are the Blakemore Triofrom Nashville, Tennessee and they played the trio parts brilliantly & with perfect timing.

Hubel, Dorfman & Wong – the “BLAKEMORE Trio” with the O.C.O.

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“The NYLONS”, a quarter-century later Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

It was mid-July of 1987 when Prince Andrew & ‘Fergie’ were visiting Toronto. The city arranged some outdoor entertainment for the Royal couple. After assisting me with solo docking of Wind Breaker I at Ontario Place, Star reporter Rosie DiManno suggested I take in the free concert with her. The guest performers were THE NYLONS!  Last night we had the opportunity to again enjoy one of their live performances as part of the ‘Charles T. Cozens Presents’series at Hamilton’s Lincoln Alexander Centre. Conclusion – I waited much too long … they’re still terrific entertainers.

Cozens and his guests THE NYLONS

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