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CommuniTree CONFERENCE from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Just Food Farm, Big Red Barn, 2nd floor - 2391 Pepin Court in Blackburn Hamlet. Check in and registration at 8 a.m. The Conference will include various panels, a networking break and a tour of a Community Food Forest. This is an opportunity for community members to share tree-related stories, data and projects and provide attendees with new ideas, information and resources to carry out tree-related initiatives in their communities.


HALLOWE'EN HIJINX from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. A day of family-friendly Halloween fun at the museum! Wear your costume and explore the origins of Halloween traditions as you collect some yummy treats along the way. Complete a scavenger hunt, create your own masquerade mask and more! Cost: $19.75 per family (2 adults + children); $7.75 adults; $5.50 seniors, children and students. Children 5 and under are free.


THE GLOUCESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY will present a talk by military historian Captain Steven Dieter entitled “From Normandy to the Scheldt.” This will take place at 2 p.m. at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood, and will include a guided tour of the National Military Cemetery for those who wish to take it. Admission is free.


ORLEANS COMMUNITY SPAGHETTI SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION hosted by the Orléans Lions Club from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Joseph Church, 2757 St. Joseph Blvd. Tickets: Adults $13 ; Children under 12 $5 available at th door or in advance from members or by sending an e-mail to orleanslions@gmail.com (or call Lion Jean Paul at 613-830-7035). Tickets include spaghetti and freshly made sauce with buns, dessert, tea and coffee. Cash bar. All profits to support Camp Banting, a summer camp for kids with diabetes.

 

Final GMC recital serves as rehearsal for Kiwanis Music Festival
By Fred Sherwin
March 29, 2019

Nicolas Cooper performs during the Gloucester Music Club recital at Orléans United Church on Friday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Every spring, hundreds of young classical musicians take part in the Kiwanis Music Festival to measure their talent against their peers while competing for pride and prizes.

Held at more than a dozen venues across the city, the event is the highlight of the year for many of the young musicians.

This weekend, the Gloucester Music Teachers Association is holding its final music recital of the season to give their students a chance to play in front of a live audience

Held over two separate evenings at Orléans United Church, the recital doubles as a rehearsal for those young musicians who will be taking part in the Music Festival which gets underway in just over a week.

Over 30 youngsters age 7 to 17 are taking part in the Gloucester Music Club recitals. Friday night's program included 16 pianists and one cellist..

One of the highlights of the evening was turned in by Enah Cheng. The 15-year-old Colonel By student showcased her exquisite musicality and superb dexterity during her playing of Beethoven's Bagatelle Op. 33.

Other performances of note included Bhumitra Kesanakurti's recital of Fluttering Leaves by Stephen Heller and Stella Chen's rendition of Johann Philipp Kirnberger's Les Carillons. Rachel Chu's performance of Etude in A-flat Op. 30 No. 19 by the 19th century Italian composer, Giuseppe Concone, was also extremely strong.

But two performances stood out from the pack. The first was delivered by the lone non-pianist on the program, Nicolas Cooper. The 15-year-old cellist was absolutely mesmerizing during his recital of Édouard Lalo's Concerto in D-minor. The lenghty piece perfectly highlighted the Navan resident's immense talent and depth.

Cooper is hoping the ambitious piece will help propel him to a top mark at the Kiwanis Music Festival and a berth in the provincial competition.

"I've finished first and second a few times and I've won a couple of trophies, but I've never made it to provincials. Hopefully that will change this year," says Cooper.

The task of bringing Friday's recital to a close was given to Michael Li. Another extremely talented musician, the 13-year-old St. Matthew High School student was on point throughout his performance of Chopin's Waltz in E Minor.

Li and Cooper are both shining examples of young musicians who can elevate their playing from merely reciting a piece to performing it. It's a rare quality, indeed, which makes it that much more memorable if you are lucky enough to witness it for yourself.

The second session of the Gloucester Music Club recitals will take place this evening at 7 p.m. at Orléans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd.

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