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Talented lineup highlights second GMC performance of the season
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Ten-year-old Jeremy Xia performs Oskar Bolck's Sonatina in G+ at the Gloucester Music Club concert on Saturday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Gloucester Music Club held its second concert series of the season on the weekend with over 50 talented musicians performing over two nights at the Orleans United Church.

The performers were in mid-season form with the Kiwanis Music Festival looming on the horizon.

Saturday night's concert was kicked off with a brilliant performance by 12-year-old pianist Jerrie Feng who played Friedrich Kuhlau's Sonatina in A+ II. She was followed by another wonderful young performer in Anthony Kubelka who played Robert Schumann's "An Important Event".

Of the 26 young pianists who performed Saturday night, there were no weak links. Among the early highlights was Emily Hou's rendition of Clementi's Sonatina in C+ Op. 36 No. 3 and Jillian Kimbell's performance of Stephen "Chatman's Rose-cheek'd Tara".

The concert included three of Chopin's nocturnes. The first, Noctunre in C-, was performed by Amy Li.; Yaying Chi played Nocturne in Eb+; and Joshua Kandiah performed the Polish composer's Nocturne in e- Op.72 No. 1.

Kuhlau was also a popular choice. Besides Feng's performance of the early 19th century Danish composer's Sonatina in A+ II, Alice Yang chose his Sonatina in A+ 1 Op. 60 No.2, and Henry Yin delivered one of the highlights of the evening with his performance of Kuhlau's Sonatina in A+ II Op. 59 No. 1.

The concert was brought to a dramatic end with two truly magical recitals. The first by 10 year-old Jeremy Xia who performed Oskar Bolck's Sonatina in G+, and the second by Kevin Yang who ended the night on high note with his rendition of Johann Sebastian Bach's Prelude with Fugue in G+ Book II No. 15.

The Gloucester Music Club series is organized by members of the Gloucester Music Teacher's Association to give their students and other young aspiring musicians the chance to perform in front of an audience.

Many of the young musician use the concerts as a chance to prepare for the Kiwanis Music Festival competition which is held every spring. They also use the series to prepare for their annual Royal Conservatory of Music exams.

The next third and final set of performances in the this year's concert series will be held on Friday April 5 and Saturday April 6 at the Orleans United Church. Concert time is 7:30 p.m.

A special gala will also be held on Friday, Jan. 17 .

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



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