Stabat Mater; a Musikay concert Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
On Saturday evening Musikay, professional musicians under the direction of Maestro Stephane Potvin, performed the Baroque music by Handel and Pergolesi. Concerto grosso op 6 no 4 by George Frideric Handel opened the evening and even though this work was composed after Handel had been living in England for some time, the Italian influence is unmistakable. In the excellent program notes Potvin told us that Handel ‘learned much from Corelli’s compositional style, including clear, forceful construction, juxtaposition of homophony and polyphony, contrast of movements, and use of dance forms.’

the musicians of MUSIKAY

the performers of Musikay

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Weiss & Kuerti Jr. with the HPO Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
                    Most conductors interpret a composition; some like Julian Kuerti examine, even analyze a subject work. This was evident in his orchestra positioning, erudite commentary to the audience and certainly obvious during his rendering of a smoothly segued Strauss Metamorphosen & the Beethoven Egmont overture. He demonstrated an innate sense of which passages should be accentuated, and selected tempi /pauses for minimizing or exaggerating. The result was dramatic but without musical histrionics.

Weiss & Kuerti + the HPO

Weiss & Kuerti + the HPO

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5 at the 1st – #3, with guest Caitlin Muller 1

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
               Quartet Atlantik is so named because violinist Akemi Mercer,  and her husband Dirk Niewoehner, viola, live and work in Germany while her sister Rachel Mercer, cello, and Rachel’s partner Yehonatan Berick  live  & work in Canada.  Rehearsal times are tough to arrange.
Last evening’s concert, the third in the 5 @ the First series, opened with a special guest, Caitlin Muller, playing Felix Mendelssohn’s Prelude Op.104 No2 in B flat minor for piano.

the Quartet Atlantik musicians

the Quartet Atlantik musicians

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O.A.R.’s “THE TOP TEN”, 2013 Reply

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 PYJAMA GAME

the cast of THE PAJAMA GAME

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MESSIAH; the 2013 N.A.O. version Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
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

Brott congratulating his principal cellist, post-MESSIAH

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“Strength in Numbers”: a non Xmas concert Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
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.

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the Ensemble members

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