Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Showcase presented superior skill and youthful performers

by Valerie Cowan

 Young musicians showed off their skills on piano at this Sunday’s Showcase of Young Pianists at the Tuesday Musical Club. From the lively melody of the Rondo movement of Diabelli’s Sonatina in F performed by a nine-year-old to the drama of local composer Dr. Peter Petroff’s  Miniature No. 7 performed by a seventh grader, the showcase offered a wide variety of performers as well as musical genres.

 Performers of the 2011 Summer Showcase of Young Pianists

Each of the young musicians impressively demonstrated not only advanced technical skills on piano but also an understanding of sophisticated musical concepts like phrasing and style.

The showcase concluded with Rachmaninoff’s Etude, Op. 39 No. 1 executed flawlessly by Ellen Pavliska, a future music student of University of North Texas. Pavliska will perform later this summer as part of the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio.

The event was attended and sponsored largely by the surviving family members of Sheva Fisher, a longtime board member of the San Antonio International Piano Competition. The Fisher family hosts the event yearly in remembrance of her lifelong dedication to music, education, and especially young musicians.

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