Category: Reviews

Review: Nyman and Motion Trio

Motion Trio with Michael Nyman MN Records Ltd 2009 Buy on iTunes Recorded as part of the 7th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival Does anyone really like the accordion? Those that play it are certainly talented but there seems to be…

Review: Kevin Ramessar And Friends

In today’s Waterloo Region Record My first encounter with Paul Simon’s 1984 album Graceland was in a university music history classroom. We were so deeply engrossed in discussing the album’s depiction of other and the ethics of appropriation that I…

Review: DaCapo Chamber Choir

In today’s Waterloo Region Record One of the most beguiling things about the DaCapo Chamber Choir is that their director, Leonard Enns, assumes audiences can handle an intellectually substantial and emotionally difficult program. It is an approach more novel than…

Review: Kitchener Waterloo Symphony – Italian Journey

Overture + concerto + symphony = boring. Not the music as such, but the format. Orchestra concerts haven’t always been structured this way however these days it is by far the most common way to program a concert. Practically, it…

Review: Vinyl Cafe Christmas

It is often an uneasy surprise to see the person behind a voice for the first time. They rarely look or behave how we imagined they would and it can take the mind a while to reconcile the two realities….

Review: Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra

In today’s Waterloo Region Record Thanks to Toronto concert presenter Soundstreams, The Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society and a Canada Council grant, a top-drawer string orchestra came to town Wednesday night. The Perimeter Institute brings some great talent to town, but…

Review: DaCapo Chamber Choir

In today’s Record Saturday evening was the the DaCapo Chamber Choir’s opening concert and it was, in a word, brilliant. Their concerts are always beautifully sung and thoughtfully programmed, but at Saturday’s concert at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church…

Review: KWS Back To Baroque

In today’s Record The immensely popular Back To Baroque Series presented by the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony had its first concert Wednesday evening at First United Church in Kitchener. Although the title is a bit misleading & music from the Baroque…

Review: Madawaska String Quartet with Leslie Kinton

In today’s Waterloo Record Chamber music offers generous rewards to its acolytes, the chief of which is an almost infinite array of instrument combinations. At its core, it is music for friends, so duos, trios, quartets and various other groupings…

Review: Nico Muhly and The KW Symphony

In Friday’s Record Classical musicians, administrators and marketers all over North America are spending an increasingly large amount of time thinking of ways to get younger people interested in classical music. The two basic choices are luring more people into…

Review: The Nightingale And Other Short Fables

When is an opera not an opera? When it’s a masque? A variety show? Does it even matter? The Canadian Opera Company’s Nightingale and Other Short Fables, which opened on Saturday afternoon certainly makes a person wonder. Rather than have…

Review: Quantifying Goethe

In today’s Waterloo Record | Watch the whole concert. Right from the beginning, the Perimeter Institute has recognized symbiotic relationship between arts and science. This is a more unusual approach than it may first appear. In our specialized world, the…

Review: Tykhonov Jazz Quartet

In Friday’s Waterloo Record. Good news for music lovers with sensitive backsides: the Music Room has new chairs! Some of the old favourites, are still there but several of the most epic offenders have been replaced by brand new specimens…

Review: Prima Donna

In Tuesday’s Toronto Star The Palace Theatre in central Manchester is usually home to the likes of Chicago, Les Mis and the Christmas pantos. Audiences know exactly what they’re going to get when they attend and usually go home happy….

Amadou And Miriam With The Beating Wing Orchestra

The OM’s UK headquarters has been without internet this past week, so reporting on the Manchester International Festival has been rather trying. Quaint teashops with lovely sandwiches and free wi-fi are great but it’s difficult for this bivalve to muster…

Review: Kitchener Waterloo Symphony

In The Record – 15th May 2009 WATERLOO — On Feb. 24, 1607, Members of the Mantuan Accademia degl’Invaghiti witnessed the most dramatic musical invention since harmony: opera. The next invention to so fundamentally change the status quo was probably…

Review: DaCapo Chamber Choir

In the Waterloo Region Record – 11th May 2009 KITCHENER — The DaCapo Chamber Choir gave an outstanding performance Saturday night at St John the Evangelist in Kitchener, an outcome that occurs with such regularity it isn’t really news. For…

Open Ears 2009: Blue Dot

At the risk of being your annoying neighbour who runs across the street with her vacation snaps the minute you come home from grocery shopping, here are some more photographs from the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener. It finished this…

Open Ears 2009: Installations

Whispering Room Jane Cardiff – Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery [Audio clip: view full post to listen] 16 speakers each play part of a dialogue in which a female voice describes an event from various viewpoints. Frequent Mutilations: A Symphony Of…