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KW Symphony’s “Edwin’s Grand Finale”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

I went to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s concert titled “Edwin’s Grand Finale.” This was Edwin Outwater’s last concert as director of the symphony. The program started out with a short piece written especially for this concert, “Fanfare” by Richard Reed Parry. It reminded me a bit of Dennis McCarthy. The next piece was “Harmonium” by John […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “O, Canada!”

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I attended the DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert titled “O, Canada!” The pieces were all by Canadian composers — in fact, all by living Canadian composers — to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Here’s the program: The Gift — Russel Wallace Bawajigaywin — Andrew Balfour Miigwetch — Justin Lapierre from Six Canadian Folk Songs — Derek Healey […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “Mid-Winter Songs”

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I attended DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert “Mid-Winter Songs.” As always, the choir is directed by Leonard Enns. Enns says in the program that the “concert is inspired by the physical immensity of the land” of Canada. The choir was joined by Catherine Robertson on piano (*) and Lance Ouellette on violin (+) for certain pieces. […]

KW Symphony’s “Live By Request”

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I attended the KW Symphony’s concert “Live By Request.” It was billed as an opportunity for the audience to decide what the symphony plays. I was intrigued enough by this idea to attend. At each stage you got to choose between 3 selections on your cell phone. Sometimes the votes were very close and sometimes […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “Threshold of Night”

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I went to DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert titled “Threshold of Night.” The choir is debuting their new slogan — “giving ideas voice.” The choir was joined by Lottie Enns-Braun on organ and Allen Harrington on saxophone, both from Winnipeg. Here are the choir pieces (I’ll indicate organ with * and saxophone with +): Michael McGlynn […]

KW Symphony’s “Edwin’s Final Beethoven”

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I attended the KW Symphony’s performance titled “Edwin’s Final Beethoven.” Edwin Outwater, the symphony’s director, has conducted all 9 Beethoven symphonies over the last 10 years. Here’s the program: Ludwig van Beethoven — Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 36 Erich Wolfgang Korngold — Concerto in D major for Violin & Orchestra, op. 35 […]

DaCapo’s “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

I went to DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind.” Like the recent symphony concert I went to, it was an occasion to enjoy beautiful music I hadn’t heard before. The program had a Shakespeare theme, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his death. Here’s the program: Harry Friedman — Songs from Shakespeare […]

KW Symphony’s “Scheherazade”

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I went to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s concert “Scheherazade.” Usually when I go hear an orchestra live I’m going to hear at least one piece that I already know. This time I didn’t know any of the pieces — but with brilliant composers and a terrific orchestra, you can’t go wrong. It was a concert of […]

DaCapo Choir’s “Winding Toward Peace”

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I went to DaCapo Chamber Choir’s first concert of the season, “Winding Toward Peace.” Guitarist Kevin Ramessar joined the choir — I think I’ve seen him before, a while ago. It’s a bit unusual for a guitar to be played with a choir but it worked well in this case. The choir and guitarist were […]

KW Symphony’s “James Bond: The Music”

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I went to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s performance of “James Bond: The Music.” It was glorious — this is music I absolutely love, and the K-W Symphony never lets you down. The orchestra’s brass and percussion section were beefed up from what they are for playing things like Beethoven. The conductor was John Morris Russell, who […]