Best soundtracks by year

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an updated version of this list, including soundtracks I discovered in 2017. The big winner for 2017 so far is John Williams for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I didn’t spent quite as much time listening to soundtracks in 2017 as I had in the previous few years. Year Winner Runner Ups Honourable Mentions […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “Reincarnations”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

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”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

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”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

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 […]

Not-so-great trends in pop music

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Have you ever thought that current pop music all sounds the same? If so, you’re not alone. Here’s a YouTube video from Thoughty2 that backs up this idea with science. Find out what’s been happening with timbre, melody, rhythm, and vocals: Why Is Modern Pop Music So Terrible?

Talented musicians

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

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”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

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!”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

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”

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

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. […]