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(Posted 7:30 a.m., May 30)

Gloucester Music Club ends season in style
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Rebecca Kalinger, 11, performs ‘Home’ from the musical Beauty and the Beast during the Gloucester Music Club concert Sunday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Gloucester Music Club wrapped up its 15th season in existence on Sunday with its future very much in limbo after the group’s founder, Joan Klenavic, recently announced that she planned to step down.

Klenavic’s departure could spell the end of the annual concert series unless someone steps forward to take over the organizational duties during the GMC’s annual general meeting this Friday.

Over the years, the Gloucester Music Club concert series has provided hundreds of young musicians with their first taste of playing in front of a live audience.

Three musicians who benefited from the concert series at an early age are the Chow Trio. Stephen, Sebastien and Simon Chow first performed in a Gloucester Music Club concert 12 years ago. Since then they’ve gone on to win a closet full of Kiwanis Music Festival trophies during their successful chamber music careers.

Their presence at Sunday night’s concert turned what would have been just another concert into a very special evening.

Simon Chow’s performance on cello, accompanied by his older brother Stephen, and middle brother Sebastien’s performance on violin were far and away the highlights of the evening, but it was 11-year-old Rebecca Kalinger who stole the show.

Fresh off her trophy winning performance at this year’s Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival, Kalinger sang “Home” from Beauty and the Beast.

Her stage presence and incredible voice belied the fact that she only started taking singing lessons nine months ago.

“I always loved singing, I just wanted to learn how to sing better,” says Kalinger, who is better known for her abilities as a pianist.

Some of the other highlights during Sunday night’s concert included 10-year-old Alexandre Trottier on violin, Lisa Manouchehri, 13, on flute and Thanh-Mai Nguyen on piano.
Twelve-year-old Eric Pan’s performance of Kuhlau’s Sonatina on piano was also strong despite a slight hiccup in the middle.

Adrian Dzioba, 17, also had a minor bobble during his performance of Chopin’s Polonaise but he recovered well and finished with a flury. Ditto for Vanessa Cojbasic during her performance of Beethoven’s Sonata in G.

Sarah MacDonald also provided one of the evening’s more memorable performances during her playing of Latin Prelude No. 3 by Norton, while Stephanie Chan put an exclamation point on the proceedings with her rendition of Chopin’s Grand Valse Brillante.

The rest of the program included Chopin’s Prelude by Naomi Ng; Clementi’s Sonatina by Amanda Chan; Brugmuller’s Arabesque by Jacqueline Chau; Beethoven’s Bagatelle by John Sloat; Robert Starer’s Prelude 2 and 3 by Jason Kwok; W.F. Bach’s Air in G-minor by Amalia Penny; Beethoven’s Romanze and Nakada’s Song of Twilight by Katrine Richer; and J.S. Bach’s Sinfonia in A-minor by Bonnie Kwok.

Seven-year-old violinist Hannah Carr performed All Alone by Duke and Aurora Arrioja sang More and I’ll Be Seeing You by Sammy Fain.

After the concert, Klenavic received a special presentation from Innes Ward Coun. Rainer Bloess for her years of dedication in organizing the GMC concert series.

“It’s been great seeing all the performers over the years and watching them develop so beautifully. It is my fervent hope that the club continues for another 50 years.”

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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