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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“On the Menu” a delicious H.P.O. serving Reply

Review by Florence Roullet  11/3/’13reviewer Florence
                    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

Kevin Mallon, composer; violinist & guest conductor

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