7:30 a.m., May 30)
Gloucester Music Club ends season in style
Kalinger, 11, performs Home from the musical Beauty and the Beast
during the Gloucester Music Club concert Sunday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Gloucester Music Club wrapped up its 15th season in existence on Sunday with its
future very much in limbo after the groups founder, Joan Klenavic, recently
announced that she planned to step down.
departure could spell the end of the annual concert series unless someone steps
forward to take over the organizational duties during the GMCs annual general
meeting this Friday.
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.
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 theyve gone on to win a closet full of Kiwanis
Music Festival trophies during their successful chamber music careers.
at Sunday nights concert turned what would have been just another concert
into a very special evening.
performance on cello, accompanied by his older brother Stephen, and middle
brother Sebastiens performance on violin were far and away the highlights
of the evening, but it was 11-year-old Rebecca Kalinger who stole the show.
off her trophy winning performance at this years Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival,
Kalinger sang Home from Beauty and the Beast.
stage presence and incredible voice belied the fact that she only started taking
singing lessons nine months ago.
always loved singing, I just wanted to learn how to sing better, says Kalinger,
who is better known for her abilities as a pianist.
of the other highlights during Sunday nights concert included 10-year-old
Alexandre Trottier on violin, Lisa Manouchehri, 13, on flute and Thanh-Mai Nguyen
Twelve-year-old Eric Pans performance of Kuhlaus Sonatina
on piano was also strong despite a slight hiccup in the middle.
Dzioba, 17, also had a minor bobble during his performance of Chopins Polonaise
but he recovered well and finished with a flury. Ditto for Vanessa Cojbasic during
her performance of Beethovens Sonata in G.
MacDonald also provided one of the evenings 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 Chopins
Grand Valse Brillante.
rest of the program included Chopins Prelude by Naomi Ng; Clementis
Sonatina by Amanda Chan; Brugmullers Arabesque by Jacqueline
Chau; Beethovens Bagatelle by John Sloat; Robert Starers Prelude
2 and 3 by Jason Kwok; W.F. Bachs Air in G-minor by Amalia Penny;
Beethovens Romanze and Nakadas Song of Twilight by Katrine
Richer; and J.S. Bachs Sinfonia in A-minor by Bonnie Kwok.
violinist Hannah Carr performed All Alone by Duke and Aurora Arrioja sang
More and Ill Be Seeing You by Sammy Fain.
the concert, Klenavic received a special presentation from Innes Ward Coun. Rainer
Bloess for her years of dedication in organizing the GMC concert series.
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.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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