Tag: music

Tent Meeting featured in LeaderPost

No, I haven’t been blogging much. There’s the novel to rewrite and the Johnny Cash biography to proofread and Fine Lifestyles Regina editing duties to look after and…well, lots. Including directing and being part of the cast of Tent Meeting, Regina Lyric Musical Theatre‘s fall show, which opens next Tuesday, November 3, and runs through …

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My review of Robert Michaels’s concert with the Regina Symphony Orchestra…

…was in yesterday’s Regina LeaderPost. It begins: It’s a cliche, after a concert on a chilly Saskatchewan night, to say something about the performer heating things up inside despite the world outside having turned prematurely white. But if there were ever a performer to whom that cliche was perfectly suited, it would have to be …

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A preview of Flamenco Fire, the Regina Symphony Pops concert featuring guitarist Robert Michaels

My preview of this Saturday’s Flamenco Fire Regina Symphony Orchestra Shumiatcher Pops concert, featuring guitarist Robert Michaels, is in today’s Regina LeaderPost. It begins: For every form of music there are purists who say of certain practitioners, “That’s not really (whatever form of music they’re a purist in).” Guitarist Robert Michaels admits Flamenco purists might …

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Music files once more online!

A website is never really finished, and I’m still working on this one, exploring the possibilities of the new design and adding in some things that haven’t yet made the transition from the old site to the new one. I’ve just restored my page of music files. These are recordings of myself with various choruses …

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Two more Follies performances left…

Jeff Tonita and company sing “Live, Laugh, Love” …and then I can think about other things again. After a week of rehearsals and performances mixed in with other stuff, I was more tired after last night’s show than I think can remember ever being before. But a good night’s sleep took care of that, and …

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Follies opens tonight!

It’s opening night for Lyric Musical Theatre of Regina‘s production of Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical Follies. We’re quite certain this is the first time the show has ever been done in Saskatchewan, and there’s a strong possibility it’s the first time there’s been a fully-staged version of it in Canada (although there have certainly been …

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My review of the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Pops concert with guitarist Jack Semple…

…is in today’s LeaderPost. It begins: The set of people who like both symphony orchestras and screaming guitars is generally thought of as small, but based on Guitar Heroes, Saturday’s Regina Symphony Orchestra Shumiatcher Pops concert featuring Jack Semple, it’s at least as large as the seating capacity of the Conexus Arts Centre. Semple often …

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My preview of the Regina Symphony’s Pops Concert “Guitar Heroes”…

…which features guitarist Jack Semple, is up at the Regina LeaderPost. It begins: Most electric guitar players don’t get much opportunity — if any — to play with a symphony orchestra. Most electric guitar players aren’t Jack Semple, who’s headlining the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s final Shumiatcher Pops concert of the year, Guitar Heroes, on Saturday …

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My review of Saturday’s Regina Symphony Orchestra concert…

…featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and a brand-new viola concerto by local player and composer Jonathan Ward, is in today’s LeaderPost. It begins: What do you program for the final masterworks concert of the 100th season of a symphony orchestra? It would be hard to improve on the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s answer to that question: Beethoven’s …

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My review of Saturday’s Regina Symphony Orchestra concert…

…is now online, headlined “RSO scores again with movies.” Here’s how it starts: Halfway through the second half of the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s 10th annual The RSO Goes to the Oscars movie-music concert, Maestro Victor Sawa commented on the versatility of movie composers, who may find themselves writing theme music for sharks in one movie …

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My preview of the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s movie music concert…

…, RSO Goes to the Oscars, is in today’s LeaderPost. Here’s a bit from the middle: For Sawa, switching from symphonies to soundtracks is natural. In a strange way, he says, “we owe a debt of gratitude to the Nazis. Oscar Hammerstein, Max Steiner, Eric Korngold, Bernard Hermann, Franz Waxman — they all came over …

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Science shows musicians really ARE more sensitive

[podcast]https://edwardwillett.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/sensitive-musicians.mp3[/podcast] Musicians have a reputation for being sensitive types, finely tuned to the emotions of those around them. In fact, it’s become a bit of a cliché in movies (with the possible exception of the many late drummers of Spinal Tap). Normally, after a beginning like that, I’d go on to write that science has …

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