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(Posted 12:30 p.m., Nov. 30)
Talent shines through at first GMC recital of the season
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Sisters Isabelle and Zoe Dudzinski perform a four-hand version of Beethoven's 'The Metronome' during the opening concert of the Gloucester Music Club's 2014-15 season, Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Gloucester Music Club held its first set of recitals of the season on the weekend and although there was the odd missed note and nervous pause, the talent was apparent for all to see and hear.

The task of kicking off the second of two nights of recitals on Saturday was given to Michael Li who did so admirably with "Robots" written by Nova Scotia piano teacher and composer Anne Crosby Gaudet.

The Gloucester Music Club is an extension of the Gloucester Music Teachers Association which organizes four sets of recitals leading up to the Kiwanis Music Festival in April and and the Royal Conservatory of Music exams in June.

Because of the timing of the first set of Gloucester Music Club recitals, coming as they do so early in the season, the performances are often sprinkled with the odd hiccup or bauble and Saturday's recital was no exception.

Despite the miscues, however, it was readily apparent to everyone at the Orleans United Church that there is no shortage of talented young people in the east end.

Some if the highlights during the first set of recitals were Amy Wang's rendition of Crosby's "Dreamcatcher" and Trisha Kandiah's performance of Mozart's "Sonatina in C+ I K 545".

Sisters Isabelle and Zoe Dudzinski did a wonderful four-hand performance of Beethoven's "The Metronome", and Alexander Wang's rendition of Diabelli's "Sonatina in F+" was error free.

Siblings Charlotte and Alexander Hou both turned in solid performances. Charlotte chose to play Johann Wilhelm Hässler's "Allegro in G+, Opus 38 No. 19", while Alexander played 17th century French composer Charles Dieupart's "Passepied in D+".

The opening section of the concert was rounded out by Shannon Webster, who played "Fantasia in F+" by Telemann; Grace Li's performance of J.S. Bach's "Musette in D+"; and Rosanne De Luca who played a work of her own composition, "First Snowfall", which she wrote for her son while he was away in Ireland.

The final four performances of the evening were all spectacular, providing an entertaining mix of work by four of the most celebrated composers in history.

Fourteen -year-old Jerrie Feng played "Arabesque No. 1" by Debussy. It was a lenghty piece which she played with barely a bauble. She was followed on the piano by 11-year-old Alice Yang, whose flawless performance of "Nine Variations" by Beethoven was memorizing.

Next up was GMC veteran Amy Li whose performance of Chopin's "Prelude in C-" was my pick for best interpretive piece of the evening. It hit every mark for fluidity, musicality and dexterity.

The recital was brought to a close by Kevin Yang who never fails to disappoint. The 13-year-old is one of the best young pianists in the city and his performance of Haydn's "Sonata in Eb" was technically in another world.

It was the perfect ending to a marvellous recital. I can hardly wait for the next set of concerts in the Gloucester Music Club series on Jan. 30 and 31.

To learn more about the Gloucester Music Club visit www.gloucestermusicclub.com.

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

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