Reviews & Media

Mar. 24, 2019 – “The Brandenburgs”, an O.A.R.’s Top Ten Contender

“To celebrate its thirty-fifth year anniversary, the Oakville Chamber Orchestra spared no effort or venue choice to present all six with guest soloists who were picked from orchestral principals with absolutely stunning resumés.”

Oct. 18, 2018 – Ontario Arts Review: OCO’s competition winners in concert

“The Oakville Chamber Orchestra is starting it’s 35th year; concertmaster Aleksandar Gajic begins his 2nd decade with the ensemble, and maestro Charles Demuynck has held the podium almost forever…”

Jan. 19, 2018 – Maureen Ellis Rudzik: Oakville Chamber Orchestra fires up Oakville Centre audience

“There was Talent Ablaze in abundance at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday evening as Maestro Charles Demuynck led the Oakville Chamber Orchestra (OCO) in a free concert…”

Jan. 19, 2018 – Georgina Langs: The Oakville Chamber Orchestra debuts at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts 

The Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s (OCO) second concert of the season in November was doomed by a fire at St. Simon’s Church within minutes of its opening piece.

Nov. 26, 2017 – Updated: Firefighters battle blaze in Oakville Church cancelling concert 

“Oakville firefighters battled a stubborn blaze in the kitchen area of St. Simon’s Anglican Church on Litchfield Road late afternoon Sunday, Nov. 26…”

– Ontario Arts Review: Oakville Chamber Orch’s, “fun & fun(d) raiser”

“…The list of contributors and gift donors bears witness to the backbone support the orchestra receives not only from Oakville, but even the cities that border it…”

Sept. 14, 2017 – Oakville Beaver: Local talent of all ages to perform in Autumn Serenade

Sept. 30, 2016 – Oakville Beaver: Oakville’s OCO Concerto Competition winners shine at concert 

“Fresh off of their concert last Sunday (Sept. 25), five teens had the chance to share their love of music and talents with audiences as winners of the Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s Concerto Competition…”

Jan. 1, 2015 – Ontario Arts Review: OCO March 2014 concert makes the top ten of the year

 “The soloist’s interpretation, the orchestra’s counterpuntal support and Demuynck’s loose rein made this an outstanding evening. The OCO’s reading of the rarely-performed Brahms Serenade in D major was also faultless…”

Dec. 13, 2014 – The Oakville Beaver: Manulife sponsoring free concert

Nov. 1, 2014 – The Oakville Beaer: Music Director/Conductor Charles Demuynck wins Established Artist Award from Oakville Arts Council

Oct. 18, 2014 – Ontario Arts Review: Chamber Orchestra begins its 3rd decade

 “This particular piece [Dvořák’s opus 44], just under 30 minutes long, is comprised of four movements… The familiar 2nd movement has some delightful glissandos which unless performed faultlessly, can defeat an arrangement. The OCO aced it.”

March 2, 2014 – Ontario Arts Review: OCO & Israelievitch – Ace Beethoven

“…Clarinettist Greg James was stellar in every solo and was ably supported by Samantha Benjamin in the wind duets…The interpretation by both the guest soloist and conductor Charles Demuynck was tender and understated without any annoying drama or histrionics.  No liberties were taken with tempi or emphasis…the composition and performing talents were sufficient.”