Guelph Symphony Orchestra in concert

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

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 […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir in concert

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

I attended DaCapo Chamber Choir’s final concert of their season, “Celebrating Home.” The choir is directed by Leonard Enns, and Catherine Robertson was guest pianist. The choir sang seven pieces, six unaccompanied and one with piano. There were also two piano solos. I was familiar with three of the seven choral pieces. DaCapo sings mainly […]

Music part 3: classical

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

I learned a lot about classical music from music courses when I was in university. One course took place over a month in Vienna, where we went to concerts virtually every evening. I’ve recently renewed my interest in classical music, listening to music I haven’t listened to in years and also picking up some music […]

Classical music & unbroken windows cut crime

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

A good news story from a while ago, in case you didn’t hear about it… Mozart’s classical music cuts crime rates in New Zealand mall I think this is fascinating. Why does playing classical music lower the crime rate? Malcolm Gladwell might have the answer. Chapter 4 of his book The Tipping Point is subtitled […]