KW & Beyond
by Irena Syrokomla
Hot Pops on a Cold Night,
The Centre in the Square
The concert in The Centre in the Square was Hot Pops on a Cold Night, a very appropriate theme for a very cold January night, just after a major snowfall. Not everyone was up to coping with the elements, and the hall was less than three quarters full.
The conductor, David Warrack, kept spirits high and entertained the audience with comments and encouraging everybody to dance. The pieces were short and graceful, the concert started with The Prelude from Carmen, such a beautiful melody. There were several Mexican songs, some more from Brazil, Granada and Spain. Somewhere among them a Russian song - Black Eyes - adopted by Julio Iglesias and converted into Nathalie appeared. There was Mambo Caliente, America from West Side Story, Guantanamera (the audience was invited to sing along) and even Livin’ La Vida Loca. The orchestra was having fun, some of the musicians playing on several instruments, and, as Mr. Warrack commented, requiring roller skates to keep pace with the rest while switching from one to another.
Altogether it was a wonderful evening. Every now and then the thought occurred to me that this very professional and classic orchestra was playing popular melodies slightly too elegantly and too much like the classical orchestra they are. Some of the melodies were asking for a street band and a wider audience.
Many more concerts from several series are still to come this winter and spring for us to enjoy.
Please do not overlook numerous concerts, not on any
schedule, for the fundraising for Asia, like the one that took place at
Festival Theatre in Stratford on January 30th. By the time I
called for tickets, three days after the announcement, they were almost sold
out. There will be more opportunities to give either directly or in some
fundraising events and it warms my heart to see that everyone is
participating in donating for the victims of the tsunami disaster. It will
take years to rebuild the devastation in Asia. Share your wealth and give
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