p.m., Nov. 15)
Music Club kicks off new concert season with a bang
By Fred Sherwin
Li, 14, performs Sonatina K 283 I by Mozart during the Gloucester Music Club's
inaugural concert of the season on Friday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Music Club kicked off the 2010-2011 concert season with one of the most talented
line-ups in recent memory on Friday.
the very first performance by Alison Wu to the very last by Felix Lu, the recitals
were as close to flawless as one could expect so early in the season.
most of the performances were on piano there was one cello recital by young Nicolas
Cooper and two vocal performances, including a magnificent rendition of Giulio
Caccini's Ava Maria by German exchange student Levke Kluge.
Grade 12 student is visiting Ottawa from a small town in northern Germany near
the Danish border. She is currently enrolled in the music program at Canterbury
High School until the end of December.
Caccini's Ava Maria is nowhere near as well known or as popular as Schubert's
more recognizable version, it is equally as spell-binding when song by someone
with the range and control of the upper registry as Miss Kluge.
put, it was one of the best performances of a classical piece that I have heard
while covering the Gloucester Music Club concert series for the past six years.
set the bar extremely high for the remaining performers Friday night and all did
their best to meet it and in two cases exceed it.
Lau had the unenviable task of following Kluge in the program and she did herself
proud with her recital of Gurlitt's Sonatina in a- III.
remaining three performances were all stronger that the last starting with Charles
Lee's rendition of Sonatina K 283 I by Mozart.
14-year-old Gloucester High School student started playing the piano three years
ago to keep up with his younger sister who just happened to follow him in the
Li's performance of Clementi's Sonatina in C+, was as close to perfection as you
will ever hear, especially from a 10-year-old. It's little wonder that she's won
three Kiwanis Music Festival scholarships and will no doubt earn a fourth next
sibling rivalries go, Charles and Amy get along incredibly well especially when
it comes to practicing. The pair have to share the family's upright piano which
could lead to the occasional tiff, but seldom does thanks to Charles other musical
love, the baritone saxophone, which he plays in the Gloucester High School band.
performance was a tough act to follow, but Catherine Gallagher did it with aplomb
and a distinct change of pace with her selection, "Milonga del angel"
by Argentine tango composer Astor Piazolla.
again, the performance was flawless. Gallagher's emotional interpretation of the
moody composition was impeccable and perfectly set the stage for the final performance
of the evening by Gloucester Music Club veteran Felix Lu, who brought the concert
to a perfect conclusion with his recitation of Chopin's Waltz in E-.
Friday's concert is any indication of the quality of this season's Gloucester
Music Club series, it should be the best ever. The talent level is simply off
the chart and speaks volumes of this community's up and coming musical talent.
the performers not already mentioned were Bethany Lau, Lauren Kingsbury, John
Cosenza, Evan Klein, Aja Penny, Alexander Cosenza, Angela Mackenzie and Julia
next instalment of the Gloucester Music Club series will take place on Feb. 4
and 5 at Orleans United Church.
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