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
Review by Judith Caldwell
On Saturday at St. John’s United Church in Oakville the newly named MUSIKAY, (previously the Oakville Ensemble), presented an evening of baroque music culminating in Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’. The concert began with a Sonata for trumpet in D major composed by Giuseppe Torelli in 1690. The soloist was Jonas Feldman who told us he is a military band conductor. For a conductor he plays a mean trumpet and was a joy to hear in this festive 17th century work.
by Terry Gaisin
As for arrangements; “He has his own ideas but always pays homage to the composer”. The quotation was from my seatmate who had worked with Denis Mastromonac- the new music director of the MSO. Hearing the musicians perform Glinka’s Ruslan/Ludmilla overture with exuberance, vibrancy and an added musicological dimension; this is one classy assemblage. Mastromonaco comes to Mississauga with an astounding C.V. and his manner with the music, the audience, and his musicians themselves; is one of respect and co-operation- not dictatorial. No Von Karajan or Muti, thank-you!
Tryon & the M.S.O.
by Danny Gaisin
Season 2013-’14 of the Hamilton Philharmonic reflected a procedural change that went against classical tradition. A neat idea – having the major work offered before the interval and the guest soloist on-stage after break was innovative and also proved to be serendipitous. The audience departed with memories of Jon Kimura Parker’s Rachmaninoff; rather than Sommerville’s HPO reading of the Brahms 3rd Symphony!
Parker performing Rachmaninoff with the HPO