DaCapo Choir’s “White Lights in Darkness”

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I attended DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert “White Lights in Darkness.” Here’s the program: Hear My Prayer — Leonard Enns Amen — Henryk Gorecki White Lights in Darkness — Lavinia Kell Parker At Sunset — Jeff Enns+ My Song — Ivo Antognini In Sweet Music — David Archer Hymn to St. Cecilia — Benjamin Britten “Gloria” […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “This Thirsty Land”

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I attended the DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert “This Thirsty Land.” From the program: “Today — as a result of climate change, political decisions, wars, industry agriculture, deforestation — access to potable (and other) water is becoming an increasingly significant cause of population displacement, while at the same time flooding and rising waters levels are shifting […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “Reincarnations”

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I attended the DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert titled “Reincarnations.” Leonard Enns, conductor of the choir, says the concert “touches on reasons for hope, and on the possibility of transformation where fatigue, bitterness and despair may have set in. Love and beauty remain eternal themes. In the presence of such an eternity, as expressed in our […]

KW Symphony’s “Symphonie Fantastique”

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I went to the KW Symphony’s performance titled “Symphonie Fantastique.” The conductor was Alpesh Chauhan. Here’s the program: Magnus Lindberg — Aventures This is a bit of a jumble — there are some interesting sections, but no unified whole. Some sections were quotations from composers such as Beethoven and Mozart. Ludwig van Beethoven — Concerto […]

DaCapo Choir’s “The Colour of Freedom”

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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”

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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 […]

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 […]