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 […]

Best soundtracks by year

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s my list, updated for soundtracks I became aware of in 2015. The big winner from the past year’s soundtracks is Tommorowland. Year Winner Runner Ups Honourable Mentions 2015 Tomorrowland Inside Out Ant-Man Jurassic World Avengers: Age of Ultron Mad Max: Fury Road Pitch Perfect 2 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2014 How to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Best TV music composers

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This isn’t about TV main themes — that’s a post for another day. This is about music throughout TV episodes. Most TV shows have incidental music that’s not very distinctive — below are the ones that are. Best of the best 1) Michael Giacchino — Lost Now scoring movies such as Star Trek, Up, and […]

Lack of female soundtrack composers

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web, My thoughts

With all the listening to soundtracks I do, I can only name one female soundtrack composer: Rachel Portman. She composed the music for Benny & Joon, Chocolat, The Lake House, Never Let Me Go, and One Day — among other things. I don’t have a whole lot to say on this topic, except the obvious: […]

Best soundtracks by year

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s my best soundtrack list, updated with soundtracks I heard in 2014. Of the soundtracks I heard first in the past year, my favourite is Saving Mr. Banks by Thomas Newman. On the other end, I found The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug by Howard Shore quite disappointing. How to Train Your Dragon 2 by […]

KW Symphony’s “Superheroes!”

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I went to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s performance of “Superheroes!” I didn’t know what the exact lineup would be but I expected it to contain many familiar pieces. The selection of pieces was a bit more eclectic than I expected, but it included some less familiar pieces that I’m glad I got a chance to hear. […]