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SATURDAY BREAKFASTS AT THE ORLEANS LEGION have been canceled until further notice under the nation wide state of emergency to combat the spread of COVID-19.

THE OTTAWA SCHOOL OF THEATRE has postponed its 30th birthday celebration, originally scheduled for April 4 to a later date.

THE BYTOWN BEAT CHORUS has canceled it’s planned Open House scheduled to take place on March 23.

MIFO has canceled the following productions: “Les Fabulateurs - La légende de Barbe d’Or” scheduled for March 19; “Flip Fabrique - Blizzard” scheduled for March 28; and “Laurent Paquin et Simon Boudreault - On va tous mourir” scheduled for April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

THE ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, OPERA FOR CHILDREN’ scheduled to take place at the Shenkman Arts Centre on March 28 has been postponed.


GMC recital showcases tremendous young talent in Orléans
By Fred Sherwin
Dec. 12, 2019

Alexander Hou performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D-minor during the Gloucester Music Club recital on Dec. 7. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
The Gloucester Music Club held its first series of recitals for the 2019-2020 season at Orléans United Church last week, during which 34 young musicians and vocalists were able to show off their immense talent.

The recitals were spread out over two sessions. The first session, which took place on Friday, Nov. 29. The following evening 15 pianists were on the program along with six vocalists.

After being welcomed to the Saturday evening recital by Emily Liu, the audience was treated to a performance of The Great Smokey Mountains by Amber Chu.

She was followed by Jonathan Wang, 9, whose flawless rendition of the German Dance by Haydn belied his age.

His sister Julianna was on point as well in delivering CPE Bach’s Solfeggio in C Minor. Here’s a bit of trivia. CPE Bach is the fifth child and second son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach. Another early highlight on the program was Charlotte Hou’s playing of the third movement of Beethoven’s Sonata in G Major, op. 79.

At 12, Charlotte is the youngest of the Hou siblings – all of whom have been frequent participants in the Gloucester Music Club series ever since they were kids. Alexander, 14, and Emily, 18, were also part of Saturday’s program.

Emily’s playing of the first and second movements of Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat Major was simply marvelous as was Alexander’s recital of JS Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D-minor.

For so much talent to be shared by three siblings is remarkable indeed.

Other highlights on the program include Naomi Lee’s playing of the first movement from Mozart’s Viennese Sonatina in A Major and Jerru Ni’s sublime performance of Sonatina in G Major by the 18th century Czech composer Jan Ladislav Dussek.

The vocal performances ranged from the whimsical The Tree from “The Me Nobody Knows” sung by Sabrina Meng, to the hauntingly beautiful Caro mio ben, sung by Grade 12 St. Peter High School student Adelaine Carvallo.

But the highlight of the evening was 13-year-old Ava Zidek’s amazing vocal performance of Tis the Last Rose of Summer.

The second session in the Gloucester Music Club series will be held on Feb. 7 and 8 at Orléans United Church.




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