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 “Beethoven Marathon”

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is celebrating its 70th season. To kick it off, they had 3 Beethoven concerts over this weekend. All of the pieces played during these concerts, except for “O Canada,” were by Ludwig van Beethoven. The symphony is conducted by Edwin Outwater. Beethoven wrote 5 piano concertos — all 5 were played during […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “Sun Light”

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I attended DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert “Sun Light.” It was the last concert of the season, following “Journey Into Night.” The concert was held at Sharon Temple in the village of Sharon, Ontario. The wooden building was built in 1832 by a group known as the Children of Peace and is now a national historic […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “Journey Into Night”

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I attended the DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert “Journey Into Night.” The centrepiece of the concert was the 14-minute “When David Heard” by Eric Whitacre. It’s filled with despair, based on the Bible text that starts “When David heard that Absalom was slain he went up into his chamber over the gate and wept.” As for […]

Guelph Symphony Orchestra’s “The Planets”

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I went to Guelph Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of “The Planets.” The concert started with Glenn Buhr’s “Akasha (Sky)” and Carl Reinecke’s “Concerto in D major for Flute and Orchestra.” I didn’t know either of these pieces — they were fine, but didn’t really grab me. Laura Andrew played flute in the Reinecke. The concert finished […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “Evening Song”

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I went to the DaCapo Chamber Choir’s performance titled “Evening Song,” the start of their 15th anniversary season. I didn’t know any of the pieces, but the choir was splendid as always. There were a couple of pieces for solo¬†clarinet: Rhapsody — Willson Osborne “Prelude” from Ten a Penny Pieces — Clifford Crawley One piece […]

DaCapo Choir’s “Leonardo Dreaming”

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I attended DaCapo Chamber Choir’s final concert of the year entitled “Leonardo Dreaming.” This is the choir that I used to sing in. I hadn’t seen/heard them since this time last year. As always, it was a great concert. I wasn’t familiar with any of the pieces. The concert was at Knox Presbyterian Church, a […]

Guelph Symphony Orchestra in concert

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I went to the performance of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra titled “American Rhapsody.” This is the first time I’ve seen this orchestra. I know and love all four pieces they played — Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and “Hoe-Down,” George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.” “Hoe-Down” is part […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir in concert

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I attended DaCapo Chamber Choir’s final concert of their season, “Celebrating Home.” The choir is directed by Leonard Enns, and Catherine Robertson was guest pianist. The choir sang seven pieces, six unaccompanied and one with piano. There were also two piano solos. I was familiar with three of the seven choral pieces. DaCapo sings mainly […]

Music part 3: classical

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

I learned a lot about classical music from music courses when I was in university. One course took place over a month in Vienna, where we went to concerts virtually every evening. I’ve recently renewed my interest in classical music, listening to music I haven’t listened to in years and also picking up some music […]