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(Posted 11:30 p.m., Feb. 8)

Youngsters shine during Gloucester Music Club recital
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Sixeen-year-old pianist Pamela Ng brings the Gloucester Music Club recital to a close on Saturday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The Gloucester Music Club held its second series of recitals of the season on the weekend, which featured some of the best young classical musicians in the east end as well as some fresh faces who performed in front of an audience for the first time.

According to Gloucester Music Club director Anne Cure, Friday night's concert at the Orleans United Church was one of the strongest in terms of the level musicianship, and the depth of talent in quite some time.

Saturday's lineup of young musicians had a tough act to follow, but by the thrid performaance it was clear that they were more than up to the challenge.

Micaela Taing got things started with a brief, well-played performance of "Crafty Card Tricks" by Christine Donkin. Meghan Lau was next up with a wonderful rendition of Crosby's "Dreamcatcher" which belied her age.

Aja Penny followed with another Crosby composition, "To Fly Like An Eagle". Jillian Kimbell then played "Mist' by Clifford Poole and Marcus Gran-Ruaz performef "La Toupie" by Bonis.

A string of performances followed leading up to Angela Mackenzie's beautiful interpretation of Alan Menken's "God Help the Outcast".

The pleasant surprise of the eveing was delivered by nine-year-old Danielle Xie. While most of the young people who perform in the Gloucester Music Club concert series are involved in completing their Royal Conservatory of Music exams, Danielle simply plays for the love of it.

She first started taking lessons three years ago under the tutelage of Colleen Mack, who has taught her well. Her performance of "Liebestraum" by Johann Lizt was a sheer delight made even more impressive by the fact that it was her first time playing in front of an audience.

The remainder of the program included several solid performances by Sebastien Mitra, who played "The Eagle's Nest Above the Canyon" by Vancouver composer Jean Coulthard, and Monica Taing's superb rendition of "Nocturne" by Paul Sheftel.

But the biggest highlights of the evening was delivered by two young women who are accustomed to playing in front of a live audience.

Madalen O'Regan has been playing the violin since she was four-years-old. It was an instrument she can by naturally due to the fact that her mother is a violin teacher and her older sister plays the instrument as well. While Saturday's recital was her first with the Gloucester Music Club, she's played dozens of weddings and other gigs as a trio with her mother and sister.

By comparison, Pamela Ng, who brought Saturday's concert to a close with an exquisite performance of "Nocturne in E-Minor" by Chopin, usually plays in two or three Gloucester Music Club concerts a year. She's also a regular at the Kiwanis Music Festival which is held in Ottawa every spring..

The Grade 11 IB student at Colonel By Secondary School, is currently preparing for her RCM Grade 10 exam.

The next two Gloucester Music Club recitals will be held on March 26 and 27 at the Orleans United Church.

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

 

 

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