(Posted 4 p.m., Feb. 30)
musicians hone their repretoire at Gloucester Music Club
By Fred Sherwin
Cellist Jon Kulbeka is accompanied on the
piano by his brother Adam during the second
of three Gloucester Music Club recitals this
weekend. Fred Sherwin Photo
young classical musicians and vocalists, the Kiwanis Music
Festival is the most important event on their calendars,
other than their Royal Conservatory of Music exams.
The Festival is held every spring and includes
competitions in a variety of disciplines at a number of
different levels and age groups.
of the young musicians who took part in the Gloucester
Music Club series on the weekend will either be competing
in the Festival or have competed in past festivals.
Hou siblings, who were on the second of two programs on
Saturday, collected nine certificates in total at last
eldest Emily, received one gold, one silver and two bronze
certificates. Middle brother Alexander received one gold
and three silver certificates, and the youngest Charlotte
received three gold certificates.
three siblings demonstrated their prowess on the piano
Saturday night, with Charlotte providing one of the highlights
of the evening with a flawless performance of Clementi's
Sonatina in C+ III Op 36 No 1.
third of three recitals started off with an exquisite
vocal performance of Tommaso Giordani's 18th century aria
"Caro mio Ben" by Rebecca Potter which set the
stage for the rest of the concert.
vocalist Rachel Hunt measured up with her performance
of "Spirate, pur Spirate" by the 19th century
Italian composer Stefano Donaudy.
the vocal performances, it was time for the young pianists
on the program to show off their skills starting with
Alexander Hou's performance of Tchaikovsky's "Barrel
Organ", which is one of the compositions he will
be playing at the Kiwanis Music Festival.
up was 12-year-old Shannon Webster whose magical interpretation
of Yoshinao Nakada's "Song of Twilight" was
another highlight among several during the hour-long concert.
Karina Nemec showed why she won the Laurentian Junior
Music Club Award for Grade 4 piano at last year's Music
Festival, by delivering a superb rendition of "When
Rivers Flowed On Mars" by Canadian contemporary composer
Nancy Telfer, that left at least this member of the audience
notable highlights included Alice Yang's performance of
Mozart's Sonata in G+, K 283, and Sophia Li rendition
of Chopin's Waltz in Db+.
the pièce de résistance was delivered by
Gloucester Music Club veteran Kevin Yang whose performance
of "Scherzo" by the Czech composer Oskar Morawetz
was awe-inspiring, even with the one or two missteps.
If you closed your eyes you could almost here the orchestra
playing in the background.
fewer than 63 young musicians performed in the trio of
Gloucester Music Club recitals. Among them was 2013 Kiwanis
Music Festival scholarship recipients Annabel Lu and Natania
participants who aren't planning to perform in the Music
Festival used the recitals to tune up for their RCM exams
which are normally held in the spring and summer.
final two Gloucester Music Club recitals of the season
will be held on May 24 and 25 at the Orleans United Church.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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