Five at the 1st and some Composers’ Love-Lives Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell

The fourth concert in the series Five at the First featured Akemi Mercer, violin and Dirk Niewoehner, viola playing two duets for violin & viola plus a solo for each instrument.   Prior to each work Akemi amused us by telling something about each composers love life; none of it very salacious.
Our first composer was Bohuslav Martinu, a Czech who relocated in Paris to meet other musicians and then was forced to move to the United States when he fell afoul of the Nazis during World War II.  More…

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H.P.O. does ‘ITALIAN’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               Nope, not cannoli’s or pizza; Mendelssohn’s no. 4; and damn, damn, damn – Sommerville’s erudite well-informed commentary notes in the program left me with little to add but opinion!
               Given the season, a performance of STABAT MATER is à propos; but truth-be-known; this particular Gentile holiday leaves me cold.

some HCC members - backstage

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Happy Birthday Haydn; from the O.E. Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell

March 31st was the 280th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Haydn and on that date the Oakville Ensemble offered us Haydn’s ‘Seven Last Words’. This is a unique piece written by the profoundly religious Haydn to provide instrumental music for a Good Friday service, to be performed between meditations on Christ’s seven last utterances on the cross. This presentation included poetry readings between recent American transcriptions of each of Haydn’s nine musical interludes. More…

K.W.S. does ‘progressive Rock’ Reply

Review by Amy McBride
               The last concert of the intersection series was a mix of Progressive Rock & orchestral music, with some palette cleansers throughout the mix of loud, hard, actually thrilling rock selections. Edwin Outwater conducted the KWS at the smaller venue,-Kitchener’s Conrad Centre for Performing Arts. The majority of the seats were filled with people from the concert sponsor; WALTERFEDY… who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the evening.
     Outwater wanted the audience to connect with older musical selections that were utilized by rock bands throughout the 1960’s-80’s More…

Masterwork’s Resurrection; & Mahler’s 2nd Reply

Review by George Crotty

“…This isn’t Los Angeles, or New York, or any other major city; this is Oakville…” Anthony Ward-Smith said at the intermission of the Masterwork’s rendition of Mahler’s 2nd symphony on Saturday night. He was right- you could tell you were in Oakville. Masterworks, isn’t exactly perfect, and Oakville is farther from the Los Angeles Philharmonic than it looks.

Demuynck, from the orchesta's perspective • Photo courtesy of Michael Willems

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Opera Kitchener tackles Don Giovanni – wins! 4

Review by Danny Gaisin
               Unlike the 18th century Venetian Giacomo Casanova; DON JUAN is pure legend. But the Da Ponte/Mozart operatic drama gio coso- DON GIOVANNI is the real thing. Ranking in the genre’s ten most popular; the validation is understandable: – crazy plot…incredible music!

Don G. & his servant face the Seville mob

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