The 8th annual Music Creators Gala Concert returned to the VPAC Harker Auditorium at Somerville House last Sunday afternoon for the final performance of the Spring Music Festival program. This year the well-known and much loved"The 2017 Gala Concert was a tremendous success. All students and teachers involved performed at a very high level, and this was the result of the combined community event featured over 200 musicians performing for an audience of over 1000 people from the south side local community. The gala concert and five solo concert events (last week), celebrates the achievements from six intense weeks of planning and rehearsals by handing the spotlight over to some of our youngest and brightest musicians.
"The 2017 Gala Concert was a tremendous success. All students and teachers involved performed at a very high level, and this was the result of the combined efforts from all the teachers, students and parents throughout the year," said Amanda Lai, Director of the Music Creators Music Learning Centre.
Organisers and directors of the gala concert introduced some interesting and unusual elements into this year's program in an effort to broaden the public's understanding and appreciation of music. This included a musical poetry recitation with piano accompaniment to show how music can enhance other forms of art, a piano duet performed on one piano (Mozart's Sonata for Piano Four Hands in D, K.381) and Vivaldi's only concerto composed for two cellos (Concerto in G minor for 2 Cellos, 1st mvt).
Right from the first performance of the gala concert, the youngest students from the Early Childhood Group (2.5 to 4 years) demonstrated that age was just a number when it comes to performing on the big stage. The students earned plenty of applause from the appreciative crowd, but perhaps the loudest endorsement came from the silent nod of approval from their teachers and the look of pride from the parents. No doubt for many of the young musicians, the chance to watch and perform with their teachers is a perfect opportunity to take lessons learnt in the classroom all the way onto the stage.
Other highlights from the concert include a moving rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic "Hallelujah" performed by Laurence Javillonar as well as debut public performances for members of the Junior Guitar Ensemble and Junior String Orchestra. The concert program continued to retain its rich sense of community spirit and tradition with the choir group performing the last act, this year a piece created by local composers and under the direction of a guest conductor.
Ms Lai's closing statement summed up the importance of the concert to the students and their local community: "For Music Creators' students and teachers, the gala concert is a wonderful opportunity to bring exciting music programs to the community, and we are grateful to be able to share our love and passion with everyone in the auditorium."
A community music event in every sense of the phrase, the Spring Music Festival celebrates the diversity and richness of music that brings people from all walks of life. Next year promises to be an even bigger and more exciting event, as the newly formed South Side Youth Orchestra is also expected to join the Spring Music Festival program.