Chamberfest review: Against the Grain Theatre | At Dominion Chalmers | Reviewed Saturday
In just six years, Against the Grain Theatre has established itself as a true original. The Toronto-based ensemble has earned a following for presenting great classical works in unconventional stagings, along with rarities and contemporary music.
Chamberfest review: Janina Fialkowska | At Dominion Chalmers | Reviewed Friday
I hate the expression “grande dame”. It’s meant to compliment an older woman who has achieved great accomplishment and renown in her field, but to me it conjures up images of a fearsome, fussy Lady Violet type, clinging to past glories, commanding respect but no longer productive or even relevant. The fact that there’s no real male equivalent is telling.
Lara St John and Matt Herskowitz | At Dominion Chalmers | Reviewed Wednesday
Lara St. John and Matt Herskowitz are a musical match made in heaven — or hell, depending on your sense of humour.
Chamberfest review: Ernst Reijseger
At Dominion Chalmers
Ernst Reijseger, the envelope-pushing Dutch cellist and composer, was one of the most anticipated acts at the 2015 Chamberfest. Unfortunately, Reijseger’s mother died shortly before the festival and he had to cancel his Ottawa appearances, promising to return the following year.
Review: Soprano Marie-Josée Lord
The Ottawa Chamberfest opened Thursday night with a concert tribute to women in song, curated by soprano Marie-Josée Lord.
Thirteen Strings and guests | At Dominion Chalmers | Reviewed Sunday
Martha Graham claimed that the only real sin was mediocrity. Happily, this transgression wasn’t on the menu at the “Seven Deadly Sins” closing gala of Music and Beyond 2016, featuring Thirteen Strings and guests.
Chanticleer | At Dominion Chalmers | Reviewed Saturday
Duran Duran wasn’t the only dominant boy band playing Ottawa on Saturday. Chanticleer, San Francisco’s peerless male vocal ensemble, was at Dominion Chalmers for the penultimate night of Music and Beyond.
Pianist Jan Lisiecki | At Dominion-Chalmers | Reviewed Friday evening
From the Eagles to David Spade, every art form has performers who attract a huge, popular following while dismaying (sometimes enraging) the critics. Classical music is no different. Lang Lang and Yuja Wang still sell out halls despite a catalogue of truly horrible reviews.
At St. Barnabas Church | Reviewed Thursday
Thursday’s apparent terror attack in Nice cast a sobering shadow over the London Handel Players program of French Baroque music. The concert was originally billed as a Bastille Day celebration, but even if the musicians didn’t explicitly reference the day’s events, thoughts at the concert could not help but turn to France and its pain.
At the Great Canadian Theatre Company | Reviewed Wednesday evening
The Hebei Acrobatic Troupe is an award-winning circus ensemble from Northern China. The artists mix traditional Chinese skills like tumbling, balancing and contortion with more modern and Western styles. The Troupe is the guest of Music and Beyond, and has been delighting audiences all week.