Spring Term Highlights At KCMC

KCMC’s late winter 2022 recital

On Sunday afternoon, March 5, six youth violin students combined to present an energized program of well-known – and not-so-well-known – violin favorites. 

The performance by Esek Studer kicked off the recital; he played two pieces, including ‘Ode to Joy’ that theme that composer Ludwig van Beethoven included in his famous 9th symphony. Esek’s steady performance delighted the audience!

Next on the program was the performance by Quinn Veith. Quinn first played two tunes arranged by David Tasgal; for both pieces Quinn did nicely integrating her part with the accompaniment. She then played the version of Perpetual Motion that is a building block piece in the Suzuki I book. Great job!

Mirabella Melton also played three pieces on the program, including an arrangement of Offenbach’s famous Can Can theme. In a special performance, Mirabella combined forces with her mother for a violin duet, Concert Song.

The following piece on the program – Minuet by Luigi Boccherini was very well played by Garv Goyal. This piece, undoubtedly familiar to many attendees in the audience, is structured such that the opening section (A) returns in full after a contrasting section (B). Garv played the return of A with such confidence that the audience could not help but better understand the structure of the piece. His intonation was excellent in this piece, and fans warmly applauded his success. 

Next, Collin Mowatt played two pieces composed during the Baroque Period. First he played Gavotte: Allegro Moderato by P.Martin. This was followed by a more well-known Minuet composed by J.S.Bach. We remember Collin’s solid performance on the November recital, and this performance was even stronger! The increasing sophistication of Collin’s pieces surely offer more challenges and yet Collin played with well-deserved confidence.

Both Garv and Collin were accompanied by KCMC piano faculty member Walter Griffiths.

Finally, Gaetana Martin performed the opening movement from Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op.12, no.1. This movement in ritornello form is bound together by means of recurring fragments of the initial main theme. Gaetana played those fragments, as well as the extended episodes between their appearance, with clarity and conviction. Additionally, she brought a lovely tone to this lively movement. This performance was perhaps a first hearing of this piece for most members of the audience, and Gaetana’s surely gave attendees a wonderful introduction to the wonders of Vivaldi’s composition.

CONGRATULATIONS are due to all the young violinists on this program!

All players mentioned above are the students of either Maisa’a Hanbali or Rebecca Baldini. The KCMC faculty members salute all six of the performers on the early March program for sharing their repertoire with their family members, teachers and fans.

Chamber Music Play-in event. 

Once again, KCMC hosted a  chamber music play-in for Monadnock-area adult amateur musicians, November 5th. Thirteen chamber musician devotees from Keene and environs (Dublin, Francestown, Keene, Marlborough, New Ipswich, Peterborough, and Wilton, NH; Guilford, VT) gathered for an afternoon of playing and friendship in music. The musicians prepared and rehearsed a variety of works including: Beethoven: ‘Ghost’ Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano; Dvorak: String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48; Britten: ‘Phantasy’ Quartet for Oboe and String Trio; Joseph Fiala: Quartet  #2 in C Major for Bassoon and String Trio; Franz Danzi: Trio in E Minor, Op. 71, no.2 for Flute, Violin and Cello, among other pieces. 

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