“AIDA”:- Triumphal! but with a small “T” Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

Verdi’s 1871 masterful, perfect, operatic tragedy possesses everything…a libretto that covers intense love; jealousy; intrigue; angst and martyrdom. It begs for grandiose settings that excite audiences & cast; plus, some of the most memorable and challenging arias & themes in the genre. This (recuperating) old fan has seen AIDA in formats that range from the über-elaborate to a rather creative vocal-quartet suite. I admit to enjoying all of them.

Pomeroy, Azrieli & Boteva...the dynamic triangle

Pomeroy, Azrieli & Boteva…the dynamic triangle

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Music of a thousand and one nights Reply

by Judith Caldwell

reviewerJudithOn Wednesday, July 10th the National Academy Orchestra of the Brott Music Festival gave us a varied program of music and art culminating in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

The evening began with a new and very Canadian composition by John Gray. The composer told us this music was inspired by the movements of a standard bred poodle both on and off the leash and it ends with a dissonance where he imagines the dog meets a Rottweiler. It was a very evocative and musically appropriate image.1001 nights

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O. C. O. plays “a Farewell Symphony” Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell
reviewer_JudithIn their final concert of the 2012/2013 season the Oakville Chamber Orchestra played a Violin Concerto and an Orchestral Suite by Bach as well as the Farewell Symphony of Joseph Haydn.  This does not mean ‘farewell’ to the Orchestra, thank goodness, as they also announced their concert line up for the 2013/2014 season and it looks very appealing… the orchestra is obviously thriving under the leadership of conductor Charles Demuynck.

young Leslie; old violin!

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Rainer Hersch & the HPO- ‘shtick’ but no sticks 2

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reviewer_DannyNov. 15th, 2009   “Conductor/arranger/performer/writer Rainer Hersch is a knowledgeable and highly talented musician. What Victor Borge did for (and to) the piano; Stan Freburg to many pop songs of the fifties; and Anna Russell to Wagner’s Ring Cycle- Hersch does to all classical music. He also destroys every preconception about the orchestra, its sections and its instruments. A learning opportunity- hardly; a comedic instance –CERTAINLY. I actually was concerned about peeing in my pants!”

The above intro paragraph is what this journalist opined about Rainer Hersch’s last visit with the Hamilton Philharmonic. Last night; more of the same except that London (the other one) and Beethoven plus Mozart were the subjects for his clever barbs.

Sutherland toasting the audience with her bottle of 'gargle'

Sutherland toasting the audience with her bottle of ‘gargle’

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O.C.O.’s paean to ‘romanticism’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
To musicologists; the term ‘romanticism’ refers to the evolved compositional style of the late 18th and 19th centuries. The label derives from the noun meaning optimistic, idealized or subjective.  The music reflects on nature, chivalry and even mysticism in formats that are usually dissonant and chromatic with a definitive virtuoso requirement. The OAKVILLE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’s decision to stage a concert totally within the aegis meant enlisting an artist of such a skill level as to meet the prerequisite. Cellist Rachel Mercer is just such a performer.

Mercer performing with the O.C.O.

Mercer performing with the O.C.O.

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Danton & the H.P.O. –uninspiring Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

This was the week that a local groundhog interrupts his burrowing to see what the winter duration will be. The Hamilton Philharmonic’s Pops Concert paid tribute to the rodent by presenting a concert that was…Boring!  Promoted as a jazz event with guest soloist Diana Panton, the selections and arrangements were stereotypically ‘piano bar’ and should have had the percussion team clinking glasses as background.

Panton & quartet with the H.P.O.

Panton & quartet with the H.P.O.

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