(Posted May 26, 2013)
Music Club wraps up season with pair of gala recitals
By Fred Sherwin
Nicolas Cooper concentrates on his performance
during the Gloucester Music Club's season-ending
gala Saturday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Gloucester Music Club wrapped up it's 2012-2013 concert
season on Saturday with a pair of gala recitals at Orleans
United Church featuring 32 talented young musicians between
the ages of seven and 17.
of the performers recently took part in the Kiwanis Music
Festival with great success.
three Lau siblings received awards in their respective
grade levels: Isabel Lau in introductory piano, Noah in
Grade 1 piano and Nathan in Grade 7 piano. Aja Penny received
the Laurentian Junior Music Club Award in Grade 2 piano
and Karina Nemec did the same for Grade 4 piano. Four
of the five youngsters performed their award winning pieces
during Saturday's evening recital with Nathan Lau being
the lone exception.
played Alan Menken's "Whole New World" from
the movie "Aladdin". Penny performed "Sailing
by the Moonlight" by Joan Last. Isabel Lau chose
to play another Last composition entitled "The Argument"
and Noah performed Joseph Haydn's "Minuet in G+".
other Lau siblings, Bethany and Meghan, were also part
of the evening program as they both performed pieces by
Russian composer Dimitry Kabalevsky. Bethany performed
"Prelude", while Meghan tackled "Seven
afternoon recital featured performances by four scholarship
recipients. Amy Li showed why she was a deserving recipient
of the Kiwanis Club of Orleans scholarship award in her
class with her performance of Kabalevsky's "Variations
in D+", and Alice Yang did not disappoint with her
interpretation of "Étude Allegro" by
the Japanese composer Yoshinao Nakada which earned her
the Kiwanis Club of Orleans scholarship award in her class.
Lu was a double award recipient at this year's festival
having picked up the Laurentian Junior Music Club Award
for junior piano and the Phyllis Osler Memorial Scholarship.
During Saturday's recital she decided to play Mozart's
"Menuetto in C+".
earlier recital was kicked off by Natania Fok, herself
a Kiwanis Music Festival scholarship recipient, who played
Debussy's "Golliwog's Cakewalk".
the many highlights of the earlier recital was Anthony
Kebelka's performance of his own composition "Permanent
Imaginations", and Max Fu's interpretation of Franz
Lizt's "Lieberstraum". The concert was brought
to a close with yet another flawless performance by Kevin
Yang and his rendition of Kabalevsky's "Variations
the many highlights during the evening concert was Nicolas
Cheung's interpretation of Friedrich Kuhlau's "Sonatina
in C+", and Danielle Xie's recital of Georg Philipp
Telemann's "Solo in F, Bourée". Both
of them demonstrated a level of musicality beyond their
Gloucester Music Club is an extension of the Gloucester
Music Teacher's Association which organizes four recitals
every year. The concert series allows students the opportunity
to perform in front of an audience of their peers, family
members and friends. Many of the students use the opportunity
to practices their pieces for the Kiwanis Music Festival
an their Royal Conservatory of Music exams.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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