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Phil McNeely
Posted Feb. 12




(Posted 11:30 a.m., Dec. 2)
Gloucester Music Club concert showcases talented young musicians
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Carolyn Ferrand performs Ashokan Farewell during the Gloucester Music Club concert Friday accompanied on piano by her sister Allison. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Some 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.

Other performances 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..

The highlight 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.

Following Ma's 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.

Marie-Luc Seguin 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 Festival.

The 15-year-old 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.

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

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