Talented musicians

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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”

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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 […]

Best soundtracks by year

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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”

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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 […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 8

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This list continues from part 7. Jon Brion Brion is also a composer, producer, songwriter, and instrumentalist outside of movies. Upcoming work includes Wilson. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Peer Pressure Clint Eastwood You know Eastwood as an actor and director. He has also scored some of the films he’s directed. You may think […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 7

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This list continues from part 6. Jay Chattaway Chattaway scored many episodes of Star Trek from┬áThe Next Generation to Enterprise. He’s also scored some movies, and is possibly retired. His flute theme from TNG‘s “The Inner Light” became deservedly popular. The Best of Star Trek – 30th Anniversary Special! Orchestral Suite from the Inner Light […]