(Posted 4:30 p.m., Nov. 30)
Music Club concert showcases remarkably talented youngsters
By Fred Sherwin
Cowell performs a recorder recital during the Gloucester Music club concert
on Saturday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Music Club held the first installment in its annual concert series on the
weekend, showcasing a wonderful array of incredibly talented musicians.
The Orleans United
Church provided the venue for the concerts which took place last Friday
and Saturday night.
Music Club was formed in 1995 by members of the Gloucester Music Teachers
Association to give their students an opportunity to showcase their talents
in front of an actual audience.
The concert series
also provides the young musicians with an opportunity to prepare for the
Kiwains Music Festival, a city-wide music competition which takes place
was kicked off by nine-year-old Jeffrey Xia who showed signs of possessing
a real gift during his performance of "Funny Puppy" by Anne Crosby.
Jillian Kimbell was up next with "Snowflakes" by Linda Niamath,
which was brief but extremely well-played.
the Millan sisters followed Niamath onto stage. Nine-year-old Julia Millan
had a couple of small bobbles during "Never Smile At A Crocodile"
by Frank Churchill and 11-year-old Natalie performed a very beautiful flute
recital of "Vltava" by the 19th century composer Bedrich Smetana.
Robyn Moke and
Jacob Brant were both extremely impressive on the piano. Moke's interpretation
of "Dream Journey" by Christine Donkin was extremely well-played
-- I especially liked the flourish at the end -- and Brant provided one
of the early highlights of the evening with his near flawless performance
of "Sleeping Dragon" by Nancy Telfer.
The third Millan
sister, 12-year-old Emily, started off playing "Monkeys In A Tree"
by Boris Berlin in perfect syncopation before making a couple of miscues
near the end. Part of the problem was that she had only started learning
the piece six weeks ago, which is not a lot of time.
off well, but I made four mistakes," Millan admitted after her performance."It's
a difficult piece to play."
15, tackled J.S. Bach's very complex "Invention No. 13 in A minor"
and did a superb job despite sounding a little rushed at times and losing
his way slightly in the middle.
Sara Cowell provided
a respite from the piano recitals with an enchanting performance on the
recorder. The 24-year-old played a traditional Quebec composition entitled
While most Grade
7 and 8 students dread having to learn the recorder in music class, Cowell
fell in love with the instrument from he first time she played it.
out playing piano, but it wasn't my thing," said Cowell. "Then
in school I started playing the recorder and I really liked the sound."
The second half
of the concert featured several stellar performances starting with Philip
Chau's rendition of "Pink & Crimson" by Robert Starer.
Maggie Zhu displayed a musicality beyond her years during a truly exceptional
performance of "Gigue, Suite No. 3 in Eb+" by the baroque composer
Johann Ludwig Krebs.
Ziu was followed
on stage by pre-teen prodigy Mark Perera, who recently completed his Grade
10 Royal Conservatory of Music exam. The
12-year-old wunderkind's performance of Bach's "Prelude and Fugue in
D minor" was one of the finest piano recitals of the evening.
Two of the most
memorable performances of the evening were delivered by sisters Carolyn
and Diana Fernand.
violinist Carolyn played "Concertino in A- Op 21" by the 19th
century German composer Oskar Rieding, while 16-year-old Diana played the
"Hungarian Pastoral Rhapsody" by Franz Doppler on the flute.
performance was definitely the high point of the evening. At several points
during the piece the hair on my arms stood up, it was that good.
Among the other
performers were Jeremy Xia who played Pumpkin Boogie by Faber;
Stephanie Gran-Ruaz played Cape Breton Lullaby by David Duke;
Marcus Gran-Ruaz played Bacarole by Duke; Angela Mackenzie played
This Is The Moment by Wildhorn; and Rhys Carriere-Webster brought
the concert to a close with Waltz in C minor by Chopin.
The next Gloucester
Music Club recital is scheduled for Feb. 5 and 6, while the third installment
is slated for March 26 and 27.
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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