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(Posted 1 p.m., Feb. 15)

Young pianists shine in first of two Gloucester Music Club recitals
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Nine-year-old Natania Fok performs during the first of two Glucester Music Club recitals this weekend. Fred Sherwin Photo

The Orleans United Church was filled with the sound of music Friday night as 15 young pianists took part in the first of two Gloucester Music Club recitals this weekend.

Twenty mors young musicians will take part in tonight's second session including a cellist and a chamber trio.

Judging by the talent on display at last night's recital they'll have a tough act to follow.

The program was sttong from top to bottom, but six performances stood out in particular.

Young Natania Fok, 9, spoke so softly when she introduced her piece I could barely hear her. but then she proceeded to sit down and played Haydn's Sonata in G+ No. 54 with a ferocity that belied her voice and her years.

Fok was followed at the piano by 13-year-old Henry Yin who performed Chopin's Waltz in F minor with an artistry that should serve him well when he takes his Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 9 exam later this year.

Jerrie Feng, 14, was next up with another Chopin piece, Waltz in Gb+, which she performed with a great level of musicality.

But the best wa saved for last. Beginning with Angelina Zheng, the last three performances were all point perfect.

Zheng's rendition of Bach's Sinfonia in b minor was absolutely superb and Lauren Kingsbury's interpretation of Helfer's Fantasy was simply magical with its amzing sensitivity and depth..

Yaying Chi. 15. had the honour of bringing the recital to a close with the third and best Chopin piece of the program, Waltz in c-.

Other notable performances included Sam Lu's Monkey in a Tree, Grace Li's Burlesque and Patrick Liao's Fantasia in e-.

If you appreciate classical music the Gloucester Music Club series is a real treat. Tonight's recital gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and $10 per family. The Orleans United Church is located at 1111 Orleans Blvd. just north of Hwy. 174.

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