Alex BinkleyMusic Writer
Silflay’s name comes from the novel Watership Down by the late Richard Adams, and means browsing above ground for tasty food, much like the quartet samples a lot of music before they perform it.
Ottawa’s Evensong Ensemble played its first public performance under the banner of “Open Heart Open Mind” on October 2 at MacKay United Church.
The MacKay United Church chamber music series wrapped up its 2015-16 season with an intriguing blend of well-known classical music and seldom heard selections. In addition to the Silflay String Quartet, a mainstay of the New Edinburgh music scene, celebrated Canadian guitarist Roddy Ellias played one of his own solo compositions and joined with three […]
The Capital Chamber Choir and the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra teamed up to present a concert at St. Joseph’s Church on May 1 that felt like a church service set entirely to music. The title of the concert and the opening presentation by the Choir was In Paradisum, an Eriks Esenvalds composition which means “In […]
There are undoubtedly many ways to celebrate the arrival of spring with music. The Divertimento Orchestra delivered an enjoyable and inspiring tribute to the end of winter at its final concert of the season April 22 and 23. It opened with Gaetano Donizetti’s Overture to Don Pasquale, a short piece that frequently changes tone and […]
Except for the Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms they played as an encore, the music that Carissa Klopoushak, Alexandru Sura and Thibault Bertin-Maghit presented at MacKay United Church on March 18 had a familiar-sounding ring to it. That’s because the folk music of the Ukraine and Romania the trio draw on influenced many […]
Music from movies and vintage stage productions highlighted the Divertimento Orchestra’s 2016 Pops Concert with two local charities benefiting from the full houses Feb. 5-6. The audiences were treated to a sampling of John Williams’ compositions for the Harry Potter movies and the soundtrack for Pirates of the Caribbean, written by Klaus Badelt. As featured was […]