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Music Club concert showcases talented young musicians
By Fred Sherwin
Ferrand performs Ashokan Farewell during the Gloucester Music Club
concert Friday accompanied on piano by her sister Allison. Fred Sherwin/Photo
of the east end's most talented young musicians took to the Orléans Theatre
stage Friday night for an evening of classical music at the first Gloucester
Music Club recital of the year.
The Music Club
puts on three concerts every year -- one each in the fall, winter and spring
-- featuring local musicians who must first attend an audition.
Many of the performers
use the concerts as preparation for their Royal Conservatory of Music exams
and the annual Kiwanis Music Festival which is held in the spring.
The honour of
opening Friday night's concert was given to eight-year-old Felix Lu who
played a spirited if brief jig by Canadian composer Violet Archer.
followed by Naomi Ng, 12, Emily Millan, 9, and Lisa and Beckie Manouchehri
who played a fast passed version of the classic Chopsticks in duet..
of the first half of the concert and one of the best performances of the
evening was delivered by Cindy Ma, 15, who played the third movement of
Beethoven's Sonata Op 13.
The Sir Wilfrid
Laurier Secondary School student displayed a level of musicality and dexterity
of a seasoned pro.
performance, eight-year-old Hannah Carr took to the stage for the first
of two violin recitals in the program. Her version of Perpetual Motion by
Suzuki Method creator Shinichi Suzuki was a sheer delight.
Next up on stage
was little Michelle Song who played Little Song in Canon Form by
Bartok with her feet barely able to touch the floor.
After Sing it
was time for the second highlight of the evening.
Ryan Chan is
a veteran of a half dozen or so Gloucester Music Club recitals and his performance
of Kabelevsky's Sonata No. 3, 1st mvt didn't disappoint..
Chan is currently
studying for his ARCT exam and he plans to pursue music at the University
of Toronto next year. In his previous performances are any barometer, he
has a bright future indeed.
Lemay is also busy preparing for her ARCT exam. The Garneau High School
student's performance of Debussy's Et la lune descend sur le temple qui
fut was breathtaking.
Lemay, Chan and
the evening's final performer Mimi Lam are stage veterans with a multitude
of Kiwanis Music Festival appearances to their credit. In fact, Lam won
the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association Award at last year's
Lisgar High School student brought the concert to a close with a spellbinding
performance of Brahms' Rapsody in b minor. Lam deftly maintained
the ebb and flow of the piece which transitions from the powerful to the
sublime and back again.
Among the other
performers were Allie LaCompte who played Venetian Boat Song by Mendelsshon;
Catherine Yan; Alexa Kirkey; Natalie Millan; Joan Luong; Alexander Soloway,
14; and Derek Chiu and Kevin Chan, both 13, who performed Five Aunts'
Boogie together on piano.
Last but not
least, Allison Fernand accompanied her sister Carolyn on piano as she played
Ashokan Farewell which is a traditional American fiddle piece originating
in the Catskills region.
The next Gloucester
Music Club recital is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 9 and 11, with the
third concert in the the series is slated for May 30 and April 1.
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