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The Hamilton Spectator - - GO - Leonard Turnevi­cius writes on clas­si­cal mu­sic for The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor. leonard­turnevi­cius@gmail.com

All to­gether now! All you need is love! Ev­ery­body! All you need is love, love, love is all you need. Hey, hey, hey, hey. Cue Cupid with his bow, and pol­ish up those Bea­tle boots be­cause Valen­tine’s and the Hamil­ton Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra’s “A Hamil­ton Bea­tles Ex­pe­ri­ence” are both headed your way.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Hamil­ton re­ally loves The Fab Four. Af­ter all, not only did up­ward of 15,000 fans catch Sir Paul McCart­ney trolling through his back cat­a­logue at the FirstOn­tario Cen­tre last July 21, but the HPO’s trib­ute show with guest artists Ian Thomas, Steve Strong­man, Hailee Rose, Dan Ed­monds, Sophia Perl­man, Jamie Oakes, and Dan Weiss all un­der guest con­duc­tor Darcy Hep­ner at the FirstOn­tario Con­cert Hall this Satur­day, has been long sold out.

But take heart, mu­sic lovers. Love is in the air at a host of other Valen­tine-themed con­certs this week­end.

Stéphane Potvin’s Musikay choir gets it on at St. Thomas the Apos­tle Church, 715 Cen­tre Rd., Wa­ter­down, this Satur­day, Feb. 11 at 7:30 (yup, same time as the HPO show) with pas­sion­ate love songs from the Re­nais­sance like John Wil­bye’s “Adieu, sweet Amaryl­lis,” John Dow­land’s “Come again, sweet love,” and oth­ers. Tick­ets: $35, se­nior $30, un­der 35 $15, fam­ily (two adults with chil­dren un­der 17) $70. Call 905-825-9740.

Va­lerie Tryon’s play­ing has warmed the hearts of piano lovers near and far for decades. On Sun­day, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., she takes to the stage of the Hamil­ton Con­ser­va­tory, 126 James St. S., for her an­nual Valen­tine’s recital. Tryon, who just re­turned from Eng­land where she recorded Mozart’s piano con­cer­tos nos. 20 and 21 with the Royal Phil­har­monic, will be per­form­ing an all-Chopin first half in­clud­ing the “Bal­lade no. 1,” and the “Polon­aise in A Flat,” plus in the sec­ond half, De­bussy’s “Claire de lune,” Brahms’s “In­ter­mezzo in A” op. 118 (a work warmly ren­dered by Ste­wart Goodyear at his Burling­ton PAC recital last Fri­day night), and Liszt’s “Liebe­straum” among oth­ers. Tick­ets: $27, se­nior $22, stu­dent $15. Call 905-528-4020.

For those en­am­oured with the com­bi­na­tion of string quar­tet and voice, on the same day and at the same time as Tryon’s recital, Cham­ber Mu­sic Hamil­ton presents a “Spe­cial Fea­ture: Voice and String Quar­tet” con­cert at the Art Gallery of Hamil­ton’s Joey & Toby Ta­nen­baum Pav­il­ion, 123 King St. W. The ad hoc string quar­tet will be made up of CMH co-artis­tic di­rec­tor Michael Schulte and Aaron Sch­webel on vi­o­lin, vi­o­list Keith Hamm, and cel­list Paul Pul­ford.

Among other items, there’ll be Ge­orge But­ter­worth’s “Love Blows as the Wind Blows” and Sa­muel Bar­ber’s “Dover Beach” with bass-bari­tone Stephen Hege­dus, Ot­torino Re­spighi’s “Il Tra­monto,” As­tor Pi­az­zolla’s “Lib­er­tango” (played with panache by the Ban­dini-Chi­ac­chiaretta Duo at the Con­ser­va­tory a cou­ple of weeks ago), and the last move­ment of Arnold Schoen­berg’s “Sec­ond String Quar­tet” with so­prano Carla Huh­ta­nen. Tick­ets: $30, se­nior $27, stu­dent $10. Call 905525-7429.

For con­cert band lovers, on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 12 at 7 p.m., Zoltan Kal­man leads his Burling­ton Con­cert Band in a “Gift of Love” con­cert at St. Christo­pher’s Angli­can, 662 Guelph Line, Burling­ton. Kal­man and com­pany will open with an ar­range­ment of the “Tri­umphal March and Bal­let” from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Aida. Un­usual for Valen­tine’s?

“You know how much I miss opera, right. I was in the opera house in Bu­dapest. I’m just miss­ing it so much,” said Kal­man to The Spec­ta­tor over the line from his Hamil­ton home. “Even though it’s not a real love song, ob­vi­ously, it’s not even as­so­ci­ated with a Valen­tine’s Day theme, but it has the tri­umphal feel of it. And then I thought it was a great piece to ac­tu­ally set the tone for the Valen­tine’s Day con­cert. There’s a beau­ti­ful mix of the bal­let mu­sic and the Tri­umphal March. So this is, kind of, you know, just set the tone, and just let the au­di­ence, you know, here we are, and we’re go­ing to have an amaz­ing con­cert.”

But if those se­lec­tions from Aida don’t send the au­di­ence head over heels in a lovey-dovey Valen­tine’s mood, then ar­range­ments of Leroy An­der­son’s “The Girl in Satin,” Hoagy Carmichael’s “Star­dust,” and “Blue Moon” by Rodgers & Hart with the BCB’s Mary Sob­ota on vo­cals, ought to.

The bill also in­cludes “Mem­ory” from “Cats,” the “In­ter­mezzo” from Pi­etro Mascagni’s opera, “Caval­le­ria rus­ti­cana,” med­leys from “Hello, Dolly!” and “Beauty and the Beast,” the lat­ter led by BCB as­sis­tant con­duc­tor Ju­lian Lam, and “Love Potion no. 9” as ar­ranged by the BCB’s Stephen Hewis with im­pro­vi­sa­tions from Brad Yhard on tuba, trum­peter Lisa Liang, and flutist Paula-Ann Si­mon. Hewis has also ar­ranged “Nes­sun dorma,” from Gi­a­como Puc­cini’s opera “Tu­ran­dot,” for the BCB’s 10-piece brass en­sem­ble, “Big Brass The­ory.” The en­core? A Tom Jones blast-from-the-past, “It’s not Un­usual.” Tick­ets at door: $15. Pro­ceeds from the bake sale go to Ron­ald McDon­ald House Char­i­ties.

So, to end, a cue from The Bard who once wrote, “If mu­sic be the food of love, play on.”

HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR FILE PHOTO

Stephane Potvin and the Musikay choir per­form love songs Satur­day in Wa­ter­down.

LEONARD TURNEVI­CIUS

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