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”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

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 […]

KW Symphony’s “Pixar in Concert”

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I went to hear the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s performance of “Pixar in Concert.” The orchestra performed music from all 13 of Pixar’s movies. In addition to making incredible movies, Pixar has uniformly great music. Scenes from the movies were shown above the orchestra. The orchestra was conducted by Evan Mitchell. I liked how he was able […]

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 […]

KW Symphony’s “John Williams & Spielberg”

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I went to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s performance of¬†“John Williams and Spielberg.” What this means, of course, is that they played the music of John Williams that he composed for movies that Steven Spielberg directed. As I’ve noted recently, Williams is one of my favourite movie composers. Not all of his great scores are for Spielberg […]

Best soundtracks by year

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here are what I think are the best soundtracks of the year, along with runner ups and honourable mentions. I’ve got a tie for winner twice, in 2009 and 1989. I stopped at 1977 because I don’t have anything for 1976. Prior to that notable soundtracks include The Pink Panther, The Godfather, The Good, the […]

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 […]

Darius Jones & Matthew Shipp in concert

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I saw a double bill performance as part of the Guelph Jazz Festival. I didn’t choose this concert myself, and I will pay more attention to what I’m going to in the future — it turns out there are concerts I’d rather I didn’t attend. The first act was a group called Brew, consisting of […]