5:30 p.m., Feb. 1)
Young talent shines during latest GMC recital
By Fred Sherwin
Maluki and Mandela Laverdure were among the
21 talented young musicians who performed
during the Gloucester Music Club recital Saturday
night. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Gloucester Music Club has been holding recitals for over
10 years featuring some of the best young musicians in
with every concert there are two or three performances
that stand out from the rest. On rare occasions, the program
is loaded with standout performances from top to bottom.
The latest Gloucester Music Club recital held on Saturday
night was just such an occasion.
first clue the evening would be something special was
the opening performance by Emily Hou. whose rendition
of Bach's "Prelude and Fugue in e-" was absolutely
Jadon Xia had the challenging task of following Hou in
the program, which he did with one of my highlights of
the evening. His performance of "Barcarole"
by Canadian composer David Gordon Duke, had me riveted
from the first note. The subtlety and finesse with which
he played was beyond his years.
next performance was among my very favourite of the evening.
Sisters Maluki and Mandela Laverdure share a love of the
violin that is evident by their impeccable playing. Maluki,
7, has been playing for two and a half years, while Mandela,
10, has been playing for three and a half years.
both sisters Saturday night's recital was their Gloucester
Music Club debut. If they were nervous they didn't show
was the first to play, choosing the first movement of
Vivaldi's "Concert in a-". It was a total treat.
Mandela played a Polish dance later in the program that
left me wanting more. Perhaps they'll perform a duet as
an encore at a future GMC recital.
Cooper demonstrated his prowess on the cello with a attention-grabbing
performance of 18th century Spanish composer Antonio Cladara's
"Sonata in D+", while Irene Grose's rendition
of Haydn's piano Sonata in C+, Hob: 35 was equally magnificent.
rest of the program featured several other outstanding
performances including a pair of piano recitals by siblings
Alice and Kevin Yang.
performances was a theme that ran throughout the evening's
program. Emily Hou's younger brother Alexander and sister
Charlotte both played exquistely, as did Jadon Xia's older
brothers Jeffrey and Jeremy who brought the evening to
a close with a beautiful piano duet of Johanes Brahms'
"Hungarian Dance #5 and #8".
the absolutle hightlight of the evening was provided by
Dorian De Luca, 21, who is currently completeing his fourth
year in the University of Ottawa's performance piano program.
Luca's performance of Claude Debussy's "L'Ile Joyeuse"
is one of the top five performances I have ever experienced
at a GMC recital. In a word, it was impeccable and I felt
truly privileged to be there.
next series of Gloucester Music Club recitals will be
held on March 27 and 28 at Orleans United Church.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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