Music is the sign of celebration, and the opening night presentation by Brampton Rose Orchestra with special guests The Jazz Mechanics in ‘Love and All That Jazz‘ on Saturday, October 4th, didn’t disappoint.
Conductor David Warrack returns and sets the tone as an exciting year unfolds as he embeds a full big band in his classical Rose Orchestra. This shows how the discipline of classical music can tolerate whimsy as it plays nonsense between its downbeats. In the secret language of jazz, these are perfect musical sentences.
Season IV demonstrates The Rose Orchestra’s delivery of the lighter side of classical music. Opening with Livin’ La Vida Loca, it sustains the original energetic power in the brass and percussion of its iconic pop version, along with capturing the electric hips of Ricky Martin in the vigorous bow strokes of the violins and cellos.
Though brass may not be fashionable in home fixtures, they are the ‘bling’ and staple in both jazz and classical music performance, as each crescendo gets your blood flowing, toes tapping, head bopping and fingers snapping.
The line between jazz and classical is further blurred as you notice musicians and instruments change seamlessly. Sax players, with a quick embouchure change, become flute players, and the Rose Orchestra’s french horn is the Jazz Mechanics’ bass trombone.
Then, the guy that plays trombone for both Rose Orchestra and Mechanics dons a fedora and takes the mic for a powerful vocal rendition of Sweet Georgia Brown, demonstrating the power of singing out loud.
Just as touching is Concertmaster David Rehner’s violin solo in Nathalie (based on Dark Eyes). Where the line blurs yet again between classical and jazz for the musician resonates with the music lover in all of us.
David Warrack, besides being a conductor, is a comic personality and entertained the audience between numbers. There was one message loud and clear to all Bramptonians in the theatre, “You should be very impressed with this endeavour and it should be supported.” There is a professional feeling that the Orchestra is not promoted or patronized as much as it should be.
The Rose Orchestra performs at Canada’s second largest stage in the bosom of The Rose Theatre’s diva shell, a cocoon that cradles the musicians, acoustically allowing them to project to back of house while simultaneously hearing themselves play each and every note. It is a sound that must be experienced.
Even if there isn’t a single rhythmic bone in your body, music is in you. As a community, Brampton should support these fine musicians in this beautiful venue, and keep coming back.
The next concert on Saturday, November 1st at 8pm is entitled “Earth, Sea and Sky” with special guest Koichi Inoue on Piano.