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Gloucester Music Club concert the perfect tonic for the mid-winter blues
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Alexandre Cooper performs 'Partita No. 3 Gavotte en Rondeau' by Johann Sebastian Bach during the Gloucester Music Club concert at Orleans United Church on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The Gloucester Music Club held their second concert series of the season on the weekend featuring over 45 talented young musicians from across the east end and the city.

Half of the performances were held at Orleans United Church on Friday night, while the rest were held on Saturday evening.

Philip Chau kicked the Saturday evening concert off with a beautiful rendition of Chopin's "Nocturne in C-minor" that drew an enthusiastic round of applause and nods of approval from the audience.

The first half of the program featured several younger and less experienced performers including Annabel Lu who won the award for cutest performance of the evening.

A very confident Sophia Rossi delivered an error free rendition of "The Wind" by the Malaysian composer Chee-Hwa Tan.

Rossi was followed on stage by cellist Nicolas Cooper, who is the youngest of three brothers, all of whom performed Saturday evening. Just nine-years-old, Nicolas did an excellent job with "Two Pieces for Violincello No. 2" by Andrew Hadju.

The next performance was one of the highlghts of the evening. Melanie Turabain, was simply superb with her recital of "Sonata in G+ Op. 49 No. 2" by Beethoven.

The 15-year-old pianist did an excellent job with the rather lenghty and complex piece, hitting all the right notes.

Other highlights include Cecilia Su's recital of "Sonatina in C+" by Friedrich Kuhlau and Amy Li's robust performance of "Jazz Exercise No. 2" by the late great Oscar Peterson.

Jeffrey Xia, 12, delivered an exceptional recital of Clementi's "Sonatina in C+" despite a slight bobble, and Oliver Ng and Rosalie Seguin Lemay provided solid performances with their respective pieces.

Fifteen-year-old Alexandre Cooper, the oldest of the Cooper brothers, showed why the concert organizers slotted him in the final three with his spell-binding inerpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Partita No. 3 Gavotte en Rondeau" on violin.

Cooper first started playing violin when he was five. The middle brother Gabriel, 12,plays piano and Nicolas' specialty is the cello.

When asked if they might one day form a trio and start playing gigs together, Alexandre said it was already in the works.

"We're just waiting for Nicolas to catch up to us," said Cooper.

The next to last performance of the evening was provided by Gloucester Music Club veteran Charles Li. A busy schedule that includes having to prepare for his SAT exams in the States, didn't leave the 17-year-old with much time to practice and unfortunately it showed. His recital of Mozart's "Sonatina in F+ No. 1 K 332" included several misplayed notes that are highly uncharacteristic of the talented young pianist.

Felix Lu was given the distinction of bringing the concert to a close and he didn't disappoint, delivering a wonderful rendition of "Impromptu Op 90 No. 2" by Schubert. The GMC vet had no problem with the intricate fingering the piece demands and his incredible musicality was evident for everyone to hear.

The third and final installment of this year's Gloucester Music Club series will be held on March 23 and 24, followed by gala concert on May 26.

For more information visit www.gloucestermusicclub.ca.

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

 

 

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