Selected by Staff & Admin.
Lucky13th time; the ninth as our own publishers, acknowledging those events of 2013 that – to our minds were paramount. Selections are based on impact- whether amusing, educational or thought-provoking to the audience. This past year, illness reduced (for the 1st time) the number of events attended to just under 200. Herewith our editorial team’s selections in calendar order…
the cast of THE PAJAMA GAME
Review by Judith Caldwell
Last evening (Monday)at St. Patrick’s Church in Hamilton the Brott Music Festival presented Handel’s Messiah featuring the National Academy Orchestra of Canada; the Arcady Choir and soloists Leslie Ann Bradley– soprano; Pamela Mac Donald, alto; tenor Michael Colvin, and Gordon Bintner, baritone.
After reviewing several recent concerts of unfamiliar music it was very nice to be able to relax into the lovely sounds of Handel’s work, a Christmas perennial on the concert circuit even though it’s content makes it seem more suitable to Easter.
Brott congratulating his principal cellist, post-MESSIAH
Review by Judith Caldwell
Ensemble Made in Canada presented a concert; their sixth in six days, last night at the First Unitarian Church in Hamilton consisting of two duets and one quartet. The first duet featured Angela Park on piano and Sharon Wei on viola in a piece called “4 Visages” by Darius Milhaud, who said of himself ‘I am a Frenchman from Provence’, but he had also visited Brazil – and it showed. The four faces are those of different women – the Californian, the Wisconsonian, La Bruxelloise plus La Parisienne and Milhaud has written four distinct character pieces.
- the Ensemble members
Review by Florence Roullet 11/3/’13
One knows something special is cooking at the H.P.O. when you cannot find a parking spot for miles. Then run to the theater and see other attendees running late as well… they too facing the same challenge. Yes, it was a special event and the theater was PACKED, ready to savor an exceptional menu under the direction of a grand chef, the visiting conductor Kevin Mallon.
Kevin Mallon, composer; violinist & guest conductor
Review by Terry Gaisin
I truly believe it was Wolfgang Sebastian Holmes; the late 17th century renovations expert, who coined the cliché -“If it ain’t baroque…don’t fix it!” Compositions created by Purcell, Albinoni, Vivaldi and Pergolesi, are representative of the musical period that encompassed excessive ‘bling’ and complexity. The Oakville Chamber Orchestra, celebrating 30 years, has not remodelled selections by Scarlatti; J.S. Bach; and Rameau but rather just put a new Handel on the genre.
Lau pre-concert rehearsing
Review by Florence Roullet
Life is full of surprises. A special encounter transformed me into an Art Critic for an evening. I accepted the challenge with enthusiasm and herewith—my impressions as a neophyte. Saturday evening I had the great pleasure to attend the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra “For the Love of the Screen” a ‘Pops’ edition at Hamilton Place, directed by guest conductor David Martin. Accompanied by Trevor Copp, director of the Tottering Biped Theater in Burlington; I spent an enchanting evening
conductor David Martin