MacKay United Church
Concert Review: Silfay String Quartet Quartet delivers another enjoyable and different concert at MacKay United Church
There has been a fluidity over the years in the membership of the Silfay String Quartet that is a mainstay of the MacKay Chamber Music series but it always delivers an evening of wonderful music.
“Their performance resonated with the audience who saluted them with boisterous applause.”
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.
The MacKay Concert Series concludes its current season on Sunday May 6 with Hebrew Lullaby, a program of lyrical and romantic pieces for violin and piano featuring Leah Roseman and Dina Namer.
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.
Alex Binkley: “Trio Grand-Duc is a relative newcomer to [the scene] but if their performance at MacKay United Church is any indication of their potential, the three young musicians have a brilliant future ahead.”
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 […]