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Gloucester Music Club concert showcases seven sets of talented
By Fred Sherwin
was sibling night at the Gloucester Music Club's second instalment of their 2010-2011
concert series on Friday as no fewer than seven sets of siblings were on the program.
Alice Yang, 9, performs during the Gloucester Musig Club concety at the Orléans
United Church last night. Fred Sherwin/Photo|
it was enough to make one wonder whether the Gloucester Music Teachers Association
has a multiples discount.
were three sets of sisters, three sets of brother and sister, and a sibling trio
consisting of a brother and two sisters.
you would think learning to perform on the same musical instrument might develop
into a classic case of sibling rivalry, more often than not the opposite is true.
The siblings develop a sense of mutual support.
there is a rivalry, it's in seeing who gets to practice first.
the Lau family, where middle brother Noah has to share time on the family piano
with his baby sister Bethany and older sister Meghan, it's a matter of first come,
usually the case in most families where two or more siblings are musically inclined.
are slightly more complicated in the Millan family where Emily, 13, Julia, 10,
and Benjamin, 8, all play piano leaving their mother Cynthia to act as referee.
You would think having two pianos in the house would help, but not when two siblings
want to play the same piano at the same time.
could be worse if not for the fact that a fourth sibling Nathalie, 12, decided
to switch from piano to flute last year in order to pay in her school band.
was the first to start taking lessons six years ago. She was joined by Nathalie
a year later and then Julia a year after that. For the next two years they had
to share a standup piano.
pecking order was determined by who had to do homework, who had to chores and
who sat on piano bench first.
Benjamin started taking lessons two years ago the Millans bought an electric keyboard.
But instead of making things easier it only added to the headaches for the first
few months because everyone wanted to play the new keyboard.
time they've managed to work things out pretty nicely as evident by the performances
of three of the four Millan siblings Friday night.
played "Children's Song" by Béla Bartók, while Emily selected "Zinc
Pink" by contemporary American composer Dennis Alexander. Both performances
were solid and mistake free. The elder sibling's exceptional dexterity and musicality
was especially evident during her piece.
it was Nathalie's performance of Allegretto "Carnival in Venice" that
provided one of the highlights of the evening. Consideing she has only been playing
the instrument less than two years it was quite remarkable.
highlights during the 70 minute program that included 25 performances in all,
were delivered by Taneisha Kandiah, Jerry Feng, Cynthia Taing, Marcus Gran-Ruaz,
Oliver Ng, Stephanie Gran-Ruaz, Tina Su, Alice Yang, Shara Abdi, Naomi Ng and
concert was brought to a close by Michelle Lim whose spellbinding performance
of "Fantasie - Impromptu C #1" was on par with the likes of Gloucester
Music Club alumni Mimi Lam and Claudia Chan.
Grade 12 student is going to be taking her ARCT exam this year, which is the highest
level attainable under the Royal Conservatory of Music adjudication program.
by her performance Friday night, she should do extremely well.
next set of concerts on the Gloucester Music Club calendar will be held on March
25 and 27 at the Orleans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. Doors open at 7 p.m.
and the cost is $5 per person.
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