a.m., March 31)
musicians use recital to prepare for upcoming music festival
By Fred Sherwin
Lindsay White performs 'I Don't Know How To Love Him' from the musical Jesus Christ
Superstar at the Gloucester Music Club concert last Friday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Music Club held the third and final installment in its annual concert series on
the weekend and the lineup of young musicians who performed was deeper and more
talented than ever.
lineup for the Friday night concert was especially strong and varied, largely
due to the fact that many of the performers are in the midst of their final preparations
for the Kiwanis Music Festival which gets underway on April 6.
the large number of young pianists which usually dominate the Gloucester Music
Club recitals, there were four vocal performances, a violin recital and a recorder
Jeffrey Xia started the concert off with a spirited and mistake free performance
of the "Elephant Tune" by Nina Perry.
was followed on stage by youngsters Anne-Marie Lafortune and Magalie Labbé who
both played compositions by Nancy Faber. Lafortune chose "Alarm Clock"
for her recital, while Labbé went with "The Haunted Mouse".
O'Keefe then performed the lone violin recital of the evening, choosing Bach's
"Minuet in G+" to enchant the audience. She was followed on stage by
Rebecca Atkinson who delivered the first vocal performance of the evening, singing
the melodic "How Could I Ever Know" by Lucy Simon.
a pair of piano recitals by Taneisha Kandiah and Émilie Lafortune, young Bethany
Lau wowed the crowd with her rendition of "Madrigal" by Mel Bonis.
Lau's impressive performance, six year-old Alice Yang, dressed from head to toe
in pink and red, almost stole the entire show with an amazing performance of "Floating
Clouds" by Last that belied her young age.
highlights of the evening included 11-year-old Meghan Lau's absolutely flawless
performance of Dabelli's "Sonatina in F+", 13-year-old Lindsay White's
vocal performance of "I Don't Know How To Love Him" from the musical
"Jesus Christ Superstar", and Kevin Yang's rendition of Spindler's "Sonatina
in C+". Yang recently scored a 94 on his Royal Conservatory of Music Grade
concert was brought to a close by a trio of veteran Gloucester Music Club performers
starting with Danielle Lemieux who sang "The Trees They Grow So High"
which is a British folk song made famous by Sarah Brightman.
Lu then performed Haydn's "Sonatina in D+", followed by 15-year-old
Rebecca Xu who brought the evening to a close with an incredible performance of
the rather ambitious "Ballade in Ab+" by Chopin.
recently completed her Grade 10 RCM exam and is preparing to take her ARCT exam
next year. She will also be competing in the upcoming Kiwanis Music Festival,
which gets underway next week, along with many of the other musicians who performed
on the weekend.
Kiwanis Music Festival brings together the best young musicians and vocalists
from across the region, who then compete for a long list of bursaries and scholarships
that up for grabs.
Music Festival is spread out over the course of four weeks with classes held in
12 different venues across the city. The event wraps up with a Highlights Concert
featuring some of the top performers in the various instrumental and vocal categories
on May 14. For more information about the Kiwainis Music Festival visit www.ottawakiwanismusicfestival.com.
is a complete list of Friday night's Gloucester Music Club concert program:
Xu - "Elephant Tune" by Perry
Anne-Marie Lafortune - "Alarm
Clock" by Faber
Magalie Labbé - "The Haunted Mouse" by Faber
O'Keefe - "Minuet in G+" by Bach
Rebecca Atkinson - "How Could
I Ever Know" by Simon
Taneisha Kandiah - "Struttin" by Norton
Lafortune - "Inner-City Stomp" by Norton
Bethany Lau - "Mandrigal"
Alice Yang - "Floating Clouds" by Last
- "Matchmaker, matchmaker" by Hornick and Boch
Armin Farhoudi - "Flower
in the Vase" by Ghuanea/Shabazian
Jeremy Xia - "Bourée in D+"
Meghan Lau - "Sonatina in F+" by Diabelli
Du - "Evening in the Village" by Bartok
Catherine Gallagher - "Poetic
Tone Picture" by Grieg
Sara Cowell - "Trotto" trad. 14th Century
Cynthia Taing - "Sonatina in A-" by Gurlitt
- "I Don't Know How To Love Him" by Andrew Lloyd Webber
- "Romance" by Kuzmenko
Julia Lemieux - "Mississauga Rag"
Kevin Yang - "Sonatina in C+" by Spindler
- "Invention No. 1 in C+" by Bach
Trisha Kandiah - "Simple Gifts"
Anieke Walker - Sonatina in C+" by Mozart
Sabra Abdi - "Suite
in G+" by Fiocco
Danielle Lemieux - "The Trees They Grow So High"
Felix Lu - "Sonatina in D-" by Haydn
Rebecca Xu -
"Ballade in Ab+" by Chopin
more information about the Gloucester Music Club visit www.gloucestermusicclub.ca.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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