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Plenty of highlights during first Gloucester Music Club recitals of the season
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Elizabeth Perevalova, 8, had the honour of bringing the first of two Gloucester Music Club concerts on the weekend to a close. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Gloucester Music Club kicked off its 2016-2017 season this weekend with a pair of recitals featuring a talented group of young musicians in mid-season form.

The first night of recitals on Friday was one of the best GMC concerts in recent memory with at least a half dozen performances worthy of top billing, including Zian Pan's rendition of The Farewell by Friedrich Burgmuller; Amy Li's interpretation of Chopin's Etude in C-sharp Minor; Lucy Whichelo's performance of Shooting Stars in Summer by Ikeda; and Athena Liao's rendition of Thomas Attwood's Sonatina in G Major.

But the prize for most engaging performances of the evening went to the oldest and youngest musicians on the program..

Fresh off her second place result at last year's Ontario Music Festival, Lydia Welter's interpretation of Mozart's Sonata in F+, K332, 1st Mvt. was absolutely breathtaking. Her outstanding musicality, deftness of touch and dexterity are at a level that is a joy to behold.

The Embrun resident was nearly upstaged, however, by eight-year-old Elizabeth Perevalova from nearby Orleans Wood.

The accomplished young musician is classically trained on both the piano and the violin. The latter was her instrument of choice in closing out Friday night's concert with Souvenir de Sarasate by German American composer William Potstock that drew an extended round of applause from a grateful audience which knew they had witnessed something truly special.

And while the Saturday evening concert did not have the depth of quality of the previous night's recitals, it did have it's fair share of highlights. Most notably, Emily Hou's interpretation of Debussy's Arabesque No. 1 was spellbinding in its execution, and Meghana Kesanakurti's flawless rendition of Kabalevsky's Variations in A Minor brought the first GMC concerts of the season to a fitting close.

The next round of Gloucester Music Club recitals will be held on January 30 and 31 at the Orléans United Church. For more information about the club visit http://gloucestermusicclub.ca.

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