Tag: music

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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Help the Canadian Chamber Choir make its first professional recording

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m on the Board, and among the pool of singers, for the Canadian Chamber Choir, a fabulous national choir made up of auditioned singers from across the country. I’ve sung on two projects, one in Ontario and last fall one right here in Saskatchewan, and I can’t praise the choir and …

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The album cover meme

This fun little exercise popped up on Facebook, but I decided to do it here (and leave off the “tag everyone you’ve ever met” or similar instructions; I don’t tag). But feel free if  you think it looks like fun. To make your band’s album cover, do the following: 1 – To get the name …

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My review of "Opera for Skeptics"…

…, the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Saturday night, is online at the LeaderPost.  It begins: If the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s “Opera for Skeptics” Valentine’s Day concert was intended to convince people to fall in love with the art form, it probably failed, since very little actual opera was presented. After all, there were no …

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It’s Magic!

I have occasionally made reference to the fact that I can sing, and now I have vidographic proof! This is from Lyric Musical Theatre’s fundraising brunch, which ran the last two Sundays at the Hotel Saskatchewan. Enjoy! Got a little choked up there at the end because I made the tactically problematic though strategically sound …

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My preview of the New Music in New Spaces concert…

…, coming up Sunday afternoon at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, is in today’s LeaderPost. An excerpt: Sunday’s concert will feature (Jeremy) Buzash and Eduard Minevich on violin; Jonathan Ward on viola; Amelia Borton on cello; Pauline Minevich on clarinet; Cecile Denis on harp and David McIntyre on piano. Titled “A Sound Vision,” the concert will …

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My review of the Regina Symphony Orchestra concert with Trio Frontenac…

…is online this morning at the LeaderPost. Here’s how it begins: Crisp execution, snappy passing, solid teamwork and an exciting finish — the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Mosaic Masterworks concert Saturday night had it all. Sorry, what did you think I was talking about? Blame Maestro Victor Sawa for the football metaphor: he referenced the Super …

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My preview of Trio Frontenac is online

My preview of this Saturday’s concert of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, featuring Trio Frontenac, is in today’s LeaderPost. It begins: Trio Frontenac, featured in Saturday’s Regina Symphony Orchestra Mosaic Masterworks concert at the Conexus Arts Centre, may be based in Quebec City, but it’s definitely got Regina roots. To begin with, violinist Darren Lowe and …

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My review of the True Jive Pluckers…

…is in today’s LeaderPost. It begins: In the dictionary, “eclectic” has two definitions: “Selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles,” and “composed of elements drawn from various sources.” They could have added a third: “the music of the True Jive Pluckers.” Ranging from jazz to blues to Klezmer to classical, …

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A True Jive Pluckers preview

My preview of the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Pops concert with the True Jive Pluckers is in today’s LeaderPost. An excerpt: Everything the True Jive Pluckers play is based on swing music of the late 1930s — but everything they play isn’t 1930s swing music. For the Regina Symphony Orchestra pops concert Saturday, violinist Eduard …

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Hasenpfeffer immortalized in song

You might think it’s hard to work Hasenpfeffer into a song lyric (except, of course, for the theme song to Laverne and Shirley), but John Anealio at Sci-Fi Songs has managed it, as one line in a tribute song about the recent The SF/F/H Book Reviewers Linkup Meme started by John Ottinger at Grasping for …

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I preview The Stampeders…

Classic Canadian rock band The Stampeders (“Sweet City Woman”) plays Casino Regina on Saturday: my preview is in today’s LeaderPost. Here’s an excerpt: Remember Art Linklater’s Kids Say the Darndest Things? Members of the veteran Canadian band The Stampeders, which plays Casino Regina on Saturday night, have heard a few doozies of their own from …

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