Mozart’s Requiem enlivened the spirit and dazzled the ear
- Written by Renée Silberman
Mozart’s Requiem, Orchestra London, March 8, 2014, Centennial Hall
“Celebrating Mozart” is the over-arching theme of the 2013-14 Orchestra London season. Over the course of several months, the orchestra has surveyed a wide array of the master’s great works. On March 8, the Orchestra devoted an entire evening to two major pieces from the composer’s final years – the Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 (“Jupiter”) and the Requiem Mass in D minor, K. 626. As ever, a night in the company of Mozart enlivens the spirit, dazzles the ear and touches the heart. One does not ask meaning of life questions when listening to the music of Mozart, but one recognizes the mysterious conjunction of the heavenly and the homely in Mozart’s perfect artistry, and that is enough.
La Grande Bellezza a European cinematic masterpiece
- Written by Thomas Vickers
Paolo Sorrentino’s new film La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) is delightfully strange, beautifully artistic, and deep in the most European of ways.
Toni Servillo plays Jep Gambardella, a writer whose life revolves around parties and social circles. He is part of every major event, knows every person worth knowing, and has access to some of the most intimately gorgeous parts of Rome. After his 65th birthday however, Jep starts to question his lifestyle, his love for being “King of the High Life” on the wane.
Register now for March Break, Spring and Summer pottery classes
The London Potters Guild is accepting registration for its Spring Session of pottery classes for adults, teens, children and parent/child which begin the week of March 17 and run for seven weeks. Registration for March Break, March 10-14, and Summer Clay Camps, which run in July and August, is also now open. All classes are held at the London Clay Art Centre at 664 Dundas Street.Read more...
Nooks n’ Crannies: Have You Heard of Willie Royal?
It’s not every day I’m asked to write a children’s book – about the Korean War.
The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, located in London’s historic Wolseley Barracks, is a hidden gem that, unfortunately, many Londoners have never visited. One could easily spend hours inside, learning the history of local soldiery from the War of 1812 through to the Afghanistan Conflict.
Somewhere in all these exhibits on cannons and campaigns, there is a photograph of a kneeling soldier and a smiling child. This is the touching story of an orphaned Korean boy who was, at least for a while, adopted by the Second Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, then seeing action north of Seoul. His actual name was Nong Joo Noh, but to the soldiers who looked after him he was “Willie Royal.”Read more...
The Hub comes to Old East Village
Followers of social media have probably noticed a new entry on their computer screens in the last couple of weeks.
Home to a large number of artists, performers, multicultural dining, the Western Fair Farmer’s and Artisans Market, unique shopping experiences, services and several arts and culture venues, Old East Village (OEV) is quickly becoming a vibrant and rapidly growing cultural district.
Thanks to the efforts of Old East Village advocates like the Palace Theatre's General Manager Faith Coates and long-time OEV resident Jo-Anne Bishop, an exciting new initiative -- the Old East Village Hub (OEV Hub) -- has been established to raise awareness of and provide information about "What's Good in the 'Hood.'"
Faith Coates and Jo-Anne Bishop recently spoke with The Beat Magazine Online about the OEV Hub and its mission to help make OEV London's art and cultural centre.Read more...
The Little Chapel That Could: An Update
The effort to save London’s historic Fugitive Slave Chapel was the heritage story of 2013 and, so far, it is a story with a happy ending.
The City of London has contributed $60,000 towards moving the building from its current location at 275 Thames Street to its new home next to the Beth Emanuel church at 430 Grey Street, the location that the Chapel’s original congregation moved to in 1869. The choice of relocation is an appropriate one: the mother church is moving beside the daughter church, so to speak. In addition to City funds, close to another $60,000 has been gathered through fundraising. A concert of traditional freedom songs at the London Music Club was an oversold success, and traditional African quilts have been raffled, but the majority of funds came from a simple but effective concept, “The 2 Cents Campaign.”Read more...