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
Review by Danny Gaisin
This scribe is anything but scientific. 60 years ago I had to study a theory by Professor Alan Guth of MIT about parallel Universes; quantum leaping, and his ‘false vacuum’ concept. Couldn’t grasp it and generally hated everything about theoretical physics! So, a play that requires imagining such a scenario is not my first-choice subject.
Hamiltonian John Mighton’s play –“POSSIBLE WORLDS” is a challenge to produce, a burden for the actors, and an effort for its audience.
the cast of POSSIBLE WORLDS
A Celebration Concert by ‘5 @ the First’
Review by Judith Caldwell
Yesterday, Rachel Mercer & Angela Park offered a free Celebration concert to all those who had supported them through the year. The afternoon began with the Adagio and Allegro opus 70 written by Robert Schumann, an energetic piece with rich tones that showcased the considerable talents of this duo. More…
Review by Sharon Letovsky
What a spectacular concert! The National Arts Centre Orchestra, in collaboration with the Ottawa Festival Chorus and the Ewashko Singers celebrated the work of Boublil & Schönberg, creators of the massive Broadway hits, “Les Misérables” and “Miss Saigon.” The program featured hit songs from these as well as from two other of their highly successful shows, “Martin Guerre” and “The Pirate Queen.”
a collage of the concert’s selection playbill
Review by Danny Gaisin
“The 39 steps”…neither an Al-Anon doctrine nor a Jenny Craig™ weight reduction programme. Nope- a 1930’s espionage/spy novel Lord Tweedsmuir, (our 15th Governor General) written under his given name – John Buchan. Protagonist Richard Hannay was a cross between Indiana Jones & James Bond. However, Stage West & director Dayna Tekatch’s incarnation is pure spoof, pure delight, pure entertainment.
Photo courtesy of Fred Loek; Miss’a News
Lamport & Mac hassling Mikhail’s HANNAY