Category: Reviews

Photo Essay: Penelope And Odysseus

_____________________ These iPhone photographs were taken on Friday, 1st May 2009 at the University of Waterloo. As part of the 2009 Open Ears Festival, the Penderecki String Quartet and members of Dance Theatre David Earle gave a preview of Penelope…

Photo Essay: A RARE Soundwalk

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Soundwalk With R. Murray Schafer

Miss Mussel has been terribly remiss in her blogging duties for the Open Ears Festival. The list of excuses is long but desperately boring, so instead she will give a little plug for the RARE Soundwalks that are running nearly…

The Flying Bulgars

The Flying Bulgars, a Toronto-based nouveau klezmer band were in town Saturday night for the first show in the late night concert series at Open Ears. They were, in a word, fabulous. The concert took place in the Upper Parish…

Open Ears 2009 First Weekend Schedule

Hello everyone! Miss Mussel has been recruited to do some blogging for the 2009 Open Ears Festival, which is, by all accounts, the coolest thing happening in the Kdub these days. A big OM welcome to those of you arriving…

Review: Kitchener Waterloo Symphony

Mortivesary (n): the anniversary of a person’s death. Unless the event was unusually tragic (JFK, Kurt Cobain, Elvis et al) mortiversaries aren’t something people usually keep track of. Some may make a small note in their planner in reference to…

Review: Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society

One of the great things about The Music Room is that it gives young performers a place to give recitals. Also, and perhaps more importantly, the performers are free to present whatever material they like, no matter how obscure. Regular…

Review: DaCapo Chamber Choir

In Monday’s Waterloo Record The DaCapo Chamber Choir’s 10th anniversary season flowed into an exploration of the idea of Water, the second element in a series. The choir and a string quartet made up of Henry and Karen Zielinsi, Elspeth…

Review: Menno Singers

The church was full, a welcome sight for any concert, but given the recent financial wobbles of many area arts groups it was especially heartening.

Review: Cuarteto Latinoamericano

In today’s Record Saturday evening, Cuarteto Latinoamericano was in town to give a concert of Latin American music at The Music Room. Those that decided not to brave the elements missed out on an evening full of delightful surprises. Since…

Review: KWS Back To Baroque

Published in Friday’s Record Entitled Le Mozart Noir, the current instalment of the K-W Symphony’s Baroque and Beyond series focuses on the French composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1739-1799): classical music’s Jackie Robinson. Saint-Georges was born in Guadeloupe to a wealthy…

CD Review: I Furiosi – Crazy

Every so often a disc comes out that is hits the mark in so many ways, it’s difficult to know what to say about it other than you need to have it in your collection.

Review: Cellodramatic/NUMUS

In today’s Record This version has been differs somewhat from the copy that went in the paper in that now the reader has to do less work to follow my thoughts. Sometimes having a little more time to think things…

CD Review: Strange Toys

STRANGE TOYS | Talking House Records 2008 | Joan Jeanrenaud, cello; PC Munoz, producer Tracks: Sling Shot | Axis | Kaleidoscope | Transition | Tug of War | Dervish | Ink Blot | Blue Kite | Livre | Waiting |…

CD Review: Cortical Songs

Cortical Songs | NonClassical | 2008 | | BUY THE ALBUM John Matthias | Nick Ryan | Thom Yorke | Neil Grant | John Fisher | Gabriel Prokofiev | Marcas Lancaster | David Prior | John MacLean | Simon Tong…

Review: KW Symphony with Tania Miller

In today’s Record Baroque and early Classical music, that is to say music composed between roughly 1600-1800, offers many rewards to those that are willing to take the time to really get to know the repertoire. For those of us…

Review: Nota Bene Period Orchestra

In today’s Record A concert Friday night by the Nota Bene Period Orchestra was proof that the witching hour comes early on Hallowe’en and is indiscriminate in its manifestation. By 7:45pm, two men in full 18th century livery were seated…

Review: Aviv Quartet Shostakovich Cycle

In today’s Record On the whole, Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) did not write pretty music. Tormented, terrifying, subversive and embittered, most definitely, but rarely ever pretty. His pieces are not devoid of beauty, it’s just that you have to wade through…

Review: Penderecki String Quartet & Stéphan Sylvestre

In today’s Record Usually most of the seats are occupied, but Wednesday night, The Music Room was packed nearly to the rafters. The Penderecki String Quartet, was giving a concert with young Canadian pianist Stéphan Sylvestre, a piano professor at…

Review: Nota Bene Period Orchestra

In today’s Record Although it’s difficult to imagine, given its now exalted position, there was once a time that the violin was regarded as an uncultured instrument suitable only for playing dance music at parties. It wasn’t until the mid-17th…