Russian Sensuality – Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s Scheherazade

Allure. This is the most fitting adjective I could possibly use to describe the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s (KWS) performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Partnered with Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, the concert was programmatic, romantic, and ravishingly seductive. It is not often that a program speaks as completely as this one does, but … Continue reading Russian Sensuality – Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s Scheherazade

Jazz Trio Cooks the Afternoon – Michael Wood Trio

Winter’s return brought with it high temperatures – musically, that is. Jazz vibraphonist Michael Wood brought his trio to Conrad Grebel University College on February 10th, and with it came the smoking-hot chemistry that one only gets with a tight jazz group. Featuring a range of pieces spanning from Thelonius Monk to samba, the trio … Continue reading Jazz Trio Cooks the Afternoon – Michael Wood Trio

Apogee Releases Symphony MkII

Today, Apogee has unveiled the successor to their Symphony I/O flagship modular convertor system. The Symphony MkII sports a massive cosmetic and functionality change, and even better audio components – in other words, your music will sound better than before with this new unit, and your rack will look sexier than ever. The Symphony MkII comes in three different connectivity … Continue reading Apogee Releases Symphony MkII

Interpreting Bieber – Widening the Appeal of Modern Pop’s Biggest Icon

Note: The following is an academic essay concerning itself with the change in audience and audience appeal that Justin Bieber’s recent material has resulted in. It explores the differences between his new releases and those of the past, specifically 2013’s hit single “Boyfriend”. It does get rather theoretical at points, so do bear with me – … Continue reading Interpreting Bieber – Widening the Appeal of Modern Pop’s Biggest Icon

Waves of Choral Emotion – Renaissance Singers’ “Music For Healing” Review

“I have a concert this Sunday,” Janelle Santi said to me on a bright Tuesday afternoon after our music class midterm concluded. My curiosity piqued, I asked what it was and she told me that she was singing a solo in chamber choral group The Renaissance Singers’ opening concert of the season, taking place November … Continue reading Waves of Choral Emotion – Renaissance Singers’ “Music For Healing” Review

Passionate Strings From a Factory – The Factory Arts String Quartet Plays Debussy and Caplet

Wednesday afternoons mark the midway point of the week, and I can think of no better way to mark this turn than by watching a world-class string quartet perform some 20th century masterpieces. So, only enough, on the final day of September, that’s precisely where I was; taking in the sumptuous sounds of the Factory … Continue reading Passionate Strings From a Factory – The Factory Arts String Quartet Plays Debussy and Caplet