Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Concerto Stars

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Sometime last year, members of the RMTA (South Fraser Branch) came to know of a very ambitious project that the branch was to embark on and now it's getting exciting that we are just weeks away from the event. "Concerto Stars" as the project was named.

I thought it was a fabulous idea and more so, I am so grateful for this opportunity for our students, especially the efforts of a branch member and chair of the project, who has done an incredible amount of work all these months as we lead up to the big night on May 12th!

More than 100 students auditioned last December and 40 students were selected to move forward with the Level 2 auditions and interview with the conductor of the Lions Gate Sinfonia and his assistant, from which the finalists were shortlisted.

These students will have the opportunity to play with an orchestra at their current level of study, isn't that amazing? The conductor, Maestro Clyde Mitchell has created orchestrations for RCM preparatory to Grade 9 pieces so that these lucky students will have a chance to play with the Lions Gate Sinfonia. The audience will be treated to "Starfish At Night" (yes, the music of talented Anne Crosby from "PianoAnne"), favorites from the Grade 2 and 4 Levels, "March of the Goblins" and "Monkeys In The Tree" by Boris Berlin among 18 other pieces from the RCM repertoire list, including 2 duets at the concert.

For these participating students, it will be an experience of a lifetime to perform in front of 1,000 people, in a beautiful concert hall, dressed in formal concert wear and playing on a Steinway concert grand with orchestral accompaniment.

The second half of the programme will feature Ian Parker, a well known Canadian pianist who will be treating us to "Rhapsody in Blue" by Gershwin and "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" by Rachmaninoff.

I am really happy that most of my students will be attending this concert. It's such a wonderful opportunity for students to hear great music (and other students who play at their level) and be inspired!

For anyone in the Vancouver area, I hope you will come and support these talented young musicians! Tickets can be purchased from the Bell Centre box office.
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  1. Wow, wish I could be there! Sounds fantastic!

    1. Yes Anne, it would be such an honour for the performer of "Starfish At Night" if you were there!. Indeed, it will be a very special night, so looking forward to it!


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