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Gloucester Music Club wraps up season with pair of gala recitals
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Nicolas Cooper concentrates on his performance during the Gloucester Music Club's season-ending gala Saturday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Gloucester Music Club wrapped up it's 2012-2013 concert season on Saturday with a pair of gala recitals at Orleans United Church featuring 32 talented young musicians between the ages of seven and 17.

Many of the performers recently took part in the Kiwanis Music Festival with great success.

Alll three Lau siblings received awards in their respective grade levels: Isabel Lau in introductory piano, Noah in Grade 1 piano and Nathan in Grade 7 piano. Aja Penny received the Laurentian Junior Music Club Award in Grade 2 piano and Karina Nemec did the same for Grade 4 piano. Four of the five youngsters performed their award winning pieces during Saturday's evening recital with Nathan Lau being the lone exception.

Nemec played Alan Menken's "Whole New World" from the movie "Aladdin". Penny performed "Sailing by the Moonlight" by Joan Last. Isabel Lau chose to play another Last composition entitled "The Argument" and Noah performed Joseph Haydn's "Minuet in G+".

Two other Lau siblings, Bethany and Meghan, were also part of the evening program as they both performed pieces by Russian composer Dimitry Kabalevsky. Bethany performed "Prelude", while Meghan tackled "Seven Good-Humoured Variations".

The afternoon recital featured performances by four scholarship recipients. Amy Li showed why she was a deserving recipient of the Kiwanis Club of Orleans scholarship award in her class with her performance of Kabalevsky's "Variations in D+", and Alice Yang did not disappoint with her interpretation of "Étude Allegro" by the Japanese composer Yoshinao Nakada which earned her the Kiwanis Club of Orleans scholarship award in her class.

Anabel Lu was a double award recipient at this year's festival having picked up the Laurentian Junior Music Club Award for junior piano and the Phyllis Osler Memorial Scholarship. During Saturday's recital she decided to play Mozart's "Menuetto in C+".

The earlier recital was kicked off by Natania Fok, herself a Kiwanis Music Festival scholarship recipient, who played Debussy's "Golliwog's Cakewalk".

Among the many highlights of the earlier recital was Anthony Kebelka's performance of his own composition "Permanent Imaginations", and Max Fu's interpretation of Franz Lizt's "Lieberstraum". The concert was brought to a close with yet another flawless performance by Kevin Yang and his rendition of Kabalevsky's "Variations in A-".

Among the many highlights during the evening concert was Nicolas Cheung's interpretation of Friedrich Kuhlau's "Sonatina in C+", and Danielle Xie's recital of Georg Philipp Telemann's "Solo in F, Bourée". Both of them demonstrated a level of musicality beyond their years.

The Gloucester Music Club is an extension of the Gloucester Music Teacher's Association which organizes four recitals every year. The concert series allows students the opportunity to perform in front of an audience of their peers, family members and friends. Many of the students use the opportunity to practices their pieces for the Kiwanis Music Festival an their Royal Conservatory of Music exams.

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