DaCapo Choir’s “The Colour of Freedom”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

I went to DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert titled “The Colour of Freedom.” This concert is the start of DaCapo’s “three-year series inspired by the global refugee situation. The series is organized around general themes of Displacement (this season), Resettlement (18/19), and Renewal (19/20). Motivating the plan is the conviction that art is necessary and possibly […]

KWS’s “Mozart & Dvorak’s New World”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

I went to the KW Symphony’s concert titled “Mozart & Dvorak’s New World.” This was the 1st concert of the season. From a piece that’s been enjoyed for 231 years to one that premiered a week ago, this was a splendid concert. The guest conductor was Mei-Ann Chen. She was terrific — if she’d been […]

Not-so-great trends in pop music

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Have you ever thought that current pop music all sounds the same? If so, you’re not alone. Here’s a YouTube video from Thoughty2 that backs up this idea with science. Find out what’s been happening with timbre, melody, rhythm, and vocals: Why Is Modern Pop Music So Terrible?

Talented musicians

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Can Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” be played on beer bottles? Yes it can. Bottle Boys – Billie Jean

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!”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

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”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

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”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

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 […]

Best soundtracks by year

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an updated version of this list, including soundtracks I discovered in 2016. The big winner for 2016 so far is Michael Giacchino for Star Trek Beyond (who also composed the previous year’s Tomorrowland). My list doesn’t go this far back, but I also discovered John Barry’s theme for Zulu (1964) — it’s astonishing. These are […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “Threshold of Night”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

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 […]