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…
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…
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.
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!
The Martin/McKellar book, DROWSY CHAPERONE, musicalized by Lambert and Morrison for the Toronto Fringe is a Cinderella Story; i.e. from humble beginnings to the pinnacle. Mississauga’s CITY CENTRE MUSIC PRODUCTIONS adds another aspect to this decidedly popular bit of fluff…meticulous direction.
In keeping with the children’s fables motif – CCMP & Michael MacLennan put on a ‘Goldilocks’ effort…it’s “not too anything…it’s Just Right!”
Review by Danny Gaisin
Shakespeare’s delightful comedy about dress-up & misrepresentation has had many imitations… “Yentl”; and the recent T.V. movie of an athletic girl attending a school as her own brother in order to compete, come immediately to mind. Great plot and interesting hypothesis
The challenge with staging old Willie’s original is his eloquence. The lines require emoting; not recitation. Phrasing, appreciating the concept of meter (iambic or otherwise), and projection are requisite and unfortunately- McMaster’s Thespian Company earns an overall failing grade.. More…