TBSO Launches Into the Wonder of Mozart & Martinis Reply

Review by Sylvie Di Leonardo
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra hosted their annual cocktail fundraiser Mozart and Martinis at Bight Restaurant last week. The symphony musicians appeared in chamber groups to perform the works of Mozart and his contemporaries in an intimate, elegantly decorated setting at the waterfront. Carefully-crafted cocktails including the Salzburg Spritz and Salieri’s Revenge were accompanied by artisanal appetizers, curated specially for the event by Bight’s Bianca Garofalo.
This evening’s program began with the overture course and
Salzburg Symphonies No. 1 followed by the Flute Quartet in D, K. 285. The uplifting melodies of the third movement Rondeau  were accompanied by aperol and orange flavors,

The Thunder Bay orchestra patrons enjoying the wines, nibbles & food


“HPO Remembers”, consulare tenebris, solennes adque arcebant * Reply

Review by Danny & Terry Gaisin
The serendipitous alignment of Nov. 11th ’17 falling on a Saturday meant having the Hamilton Philharmonic present it’s traditional Remembrance Day event after the emotional catharsis of the city’s & (Country’s conventional) recognizance of the day’s significance. With the ritual and pomp of the Regimental Band of the ‘RHLI’s’ accompanied by a pipe band opening the evening, the two novel and contemporary compositions, the mood and mind-set of the audience was posited and ready for Mozart’s Requiem Mass, performed by the orchestra; 4 soloists and the Bach-Elgar Choir.

l-r: – Mercer; Nesrallah; New; Wiliford & Fanning performing the ‘Tuba Mirum’


Winter is coming… and so is the TBSO! Reply

By Sylvie Di Leonardo
Hey, Northerners [Norwesters?]; are you looking for music that hits a little closer to home? The TBSO has you covered. Each year, the musicians of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra set out on two regional tours, to bring as much music as possible to as many people as possible. This year’s tour, thoughtfully arranged by TBSO musician and tour manager Damian Rivers-More, will take our new Musical Director, Paul Haas, and Conductor-in-Residence, Simon Rivard, East of the city. This tour herald’s the TBSO’s return to Terrace Bay after many years, and its annual visit to the Pic River First Nation. More…

“Puccini & the H.P.O.”; 2017 Reply

Review by Terry Gaisin
We’re democratic (in the social -non-political way) so we respect folks right to different opinions than ours. This is especially true of opera. Unlike many other ambiguous items, this particular genus seems to elicit, like piano keys, either a black or white response – no grey area. We understand this because opera is more than just listening to music it’s experiencing the entire presentation; sight, sound and ethos. When we attend an in-concert opera performance our minds recall the whole libretto, the rationale and the scenario behind each presented aria. Non-aficionados may thus not appreciate the piece as part of an entirety.

Benedikt & Jackson interpreting “O Soave Fanciulla” from La Boheme


“The Toronto Consort”; guests of Hammer Baroque Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
The term ‘baroque’ is defined as irregular or imperfect, but also refers to the 17th to mid 18th century artistic period…especially in music. If not enunciated properly, the meaning refers to impecunious or empty-pocketed…something most of us scribes have suffered! Hamilton’s “Hammer Baroque” organization brought the 45 year-old octet to perform the music and songs associated either directly or contemporary of William Shakespeare’s theatre and England. The group are renowned not only for their vocal & instrumental authenticity, but their making every performance a learning experience – even for the musically enlightened. We, as first-timers were impressed.

The Toronto Consort post-performance in Hamilton.


Voice of the flute – the 5@1st’s opening concert of ’17 Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell
The first concert in the 8th season of 5 @ the First series was “The Voice of the Flute” featuring HPO principal flautist Leslie Newman, accompanied by Roman Borys, cello and pianist Jeanie Chung. The afternoon opened with a student of Newman’s – Lisa Han playing Astor Piazzolla’s Tango-Etude #3 for solo flute. This difficult and interesting piece was very well played by Han, but the flute was a slim sounding instrument to convey the passion of tango, although it did marvellously well in the haunting, longing passages. Han is only in Grade 12 and is obviously a musician to watch. 

The ‘Voice of the Flute’ musicians – post-concert