Review by Sharon Letovsky
Not a musical version of the popular Oscar-winning film; this show is based on real people and events. It launched on Broadway in April 1997, played 830 performances and won four Tony awards. It has been translated and performed successfully around the world. That being said, it is not an easy undertaking for any production company, because the show itself has the potential to be a crashing bore!
Almost all of the songs are ballads. There is only one dance number and there is no strong side-story-line to give the tragic disaster more life. That is why writers of the film added the fictional Jack & Rose.
Review by Danny Gaisin
Bryce Declan’s HOMEMADE FUSION may be plot-less and set-less but it is a fascinating and definitely challenging undertaking by the half-dozen singer/actors who are staging it at Hamilton’s STAIRCASE THEATRE. The fourteen episodic songs deal with relationships and emotions…all are presentationally demanding. The compositions radically change key and the prose/poetry lyrics rarely scan. Yet the whole effort succeeds.
Cast of HOMEMADE FUSION (& Gab Sid -piano}
Review by Danny Gaisin
Hamilton’s WESTDALE UNITED CHURCH obviously concerns itself with its parishioners but also obliges the wider community…not to proselytize but to educate and enlighten. Its ‘Distinguished Visiting Speaker’ program attracts the most creative minds; even some that are not so-called mainstream. Last night’s guest was Rabbi Emeritus, Bernard Baskin who iterated for the five hundred audience, a thought-provoking yet factual elucidation of where; who and what Jesus stands for or really was to both his original people (us Jews); his early followers & apostles; and today’s one billion plus religionists.
Baskin knows his history and whatever facts are actually verifiable. Judaism, Christianity & even Islam share the same early history books, i.e. the Old Testament. More…
Review by Judith Caldwell
The final concert in the 5 at The First series for the 2011/12 season was entitled ‘For the Love of Music’ and featured a truly unusual combination of instruments: – Rachel Mercer on cello; Joseph Phillips on double bass and sitarist Anwar Khurshid; a rare concert indeed. The afternoon began with Rachel and Joe playing Duet in D major by Rossini, a truly gorgeous piece of music in three movements. It began with an allegro that was so playful and so much fun that the audience could not resist laughing and applauding at the end of it. This was followed by a rich, complex andante molto with lovely long melody lines that invited one into the experience. More…
Review by Terry Gaisin
The artistic director of the Oakville Chamber Orchestrais a multi-talented musicologist. He is an accomplished arranger; dedicated conductor, and an adept composer. This latter flair was displayed yesterday afternoon (Sunday) at a concert staged at Sheridan College. It was music written as backdrop to a poem by Haitian Gérard Étienne dealing with the poet’s loves. The prose is rather repetitious with the subject word appearing in almost every sentence, in some cases- thrice! Naturally, Demuynck’s work is also repetitive, but that is a reflection of the subject’s intrinsic restraints
Demuynck’s new composition – interpreted
Review byDanny Gaisin
My first foray into the world of classical music-critiquing was an OSM concert under Zubin Mehta- autumn 1961. During the past five decades I’ve probably attended about 5 thousand such events. Multiply that by approximately 3 works each, thus I’ve been privileged to hear a fair sampling of the repertoire. Naturally, I have my favorites and two of these made up the last H.P.O. concert of this season. Both are works by Beethoven
HPO; combined choirs & soloists