Mauro Bertoli selected a wide range of compositions for his September 21 performance in the MacKay United Church Chamber Music Series including two favourites, Claire de Lune and Rhapsody in Blue, that enabled him to display the full range of his piano-playing abilities.
Even among classic music aficionados the names Karl Goldmark, Joseph Achron and Robert Kahn would probably draw a blank stare. After hearing some of their compositions played May 6 at MacKay United Church, one could only hope to hear more of them.
On February 11, Michelle Gott and the Silflay Quartet performed as part of MacKay United Church’s Chamber Concert Series.
Alex Binkley: “It would be most entertaining to hear the two musicians play as part of a larger group.”
Alex Binkley: “I’d never heard of pianist Jana Stuart… Now I would look forward to attending another performance by her.”
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.