Friday, March 12, 1999
Review: Scholarship fund's NEC youth concert a resounding success
On Sunday, February 28 despite sleet and rain, sixteen students from the New England Conservatory Prep. School directed by Prof. Rodney Lister presented an exhilarating concert. Works were performed in this Janet Gates Peckham Scholarship Fund concert by student players and composers whose ages ranged from nine to sixteen years. Several players had debuted in Carlisle last year so the audience was looking forward to further accomplishments.
Peckins and Chen lead the pack
Opening with a Haydn Quartet, they launched into a contemporary pieceString Quartet #1 by Andrew MacManus, a much more animated piece. The group was in perfect synchronization for the brilliant commentary on folk themes, solo arias and fresh transitions. Exquisitely figured violin passages were played by Joshua Peckins, strongly backed by Stephen Shey and John Deane, viola. Cellist David Chen adroitly performed the rich tonalities and stirring dynamics we have come to expect from him. Composer MacManus was on hand to receive the audience's vigorous applause.
Baverstam Trio displays expertise
The Baverstam trio showed their professionalism in Julia Carey's Promise with expressive solo passages by each of the instruments. Madeleine Baverstam's control in the highest violin registers, Kristian Baverstam's espressivo clarinet and Sebastian Baverstam's legato and pizzicato cello playing exhibited Carey's melodic innovations dramatically.
Madeleine Baverstam performed her own work Mystery with Julia Carey on piano. Compelling phrases led to an intriguing unresolved cadence.
Sebastian, age nine, played his own SEBAS Variations, a captivating composition with modulating scale figures that anticipated and echoed, accompanied by his sister at the piano. More practice on this recent piece will yield better balance between the piano and cello.
Matan Chorev returns to Carlisle fans
Hymn by Robert Ceeley was haunting with mysterious bass figures ably handled by Lamar Lovett and plaintive linear phrases resolved thoughtfully by master cellist Matan Chorev who returned to Carlisle this year.
Chorev composed The Persecution of the Vertically Challenged in three
movements. He and Byoung Jin Kang charged right in con brio, conquering challenges and emerging victorious. The tension of both voices working together in successive strivings for a goal clearly perceived made a very communicative piece. Note this name!
Fourth graders wow the crowd
Three fourth graders astonished and delighted with their flowing legato Lullaby and Dance. Anna Lewis, violin, Marina Warsaw-Fan, cello, and Elizabeth Carey, piano, performed with accuracy, feeling, and phrasing. Thunderous applause greeted the final flourish.
Broke Baroque in three movements was delightful in its vivid imagery, intricate textures and ornamented harmonies which constantly evaded the expected. David Fulmer, violin, and Kanade Soraci, piano, unraveled this lush piece masterfully.
The afternoon ended with Canzone and Tarantella played by Kristian and Sebastian Baverstam, clarinet and cello. Innovative bowing and special effects illuminated this unusual and finely played dialogue.
After a presentation of roses the audience met the performers. The well-attended event was graced by pianist Naoko Hague, now of Pepperell, founder of the JGPSF and Alford Peckham, husband of the late Janet Gates Peckham, who were very pleased to see this opportunity to showcase young talent carrying on.
The Carlisle Congregational Church is the best concert venue in town, with its one-level wheel-chair accessible hall, library and kitchen which doubles as the Green Room and refreshment center. Many thanks to the church for providing this concert space.
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