Virtual Stage – Monday, July 12 @ 8:30pm

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Part I: Vera Pavlova recites verses from her poetry book “The Children’s Album” accompanied by local pianists and a string quartet, who perform the complete cycle of P.I. Tchaikovsky’s “Album For The Young.”

Part II: Natalia Pavlova’s performance of R. Schumann’s “Frauenliebe und Leben” (A Woman’s Love) is streamed in from Rome, Italy followed by Iraida Yusupova’s “Andante Cantabile” written in memory of Steven Seymour and Alexander Dolghin, scored for voice, piano and electric guitar.

Click here to download poetry translations.

Vera Pavlova, Poetry
Natalia Pavlova, Soprano
Peter Aidu, Piano

Local Musicians:
Lauren Kohut, Piano
Kari Zhang, Piano
Sunny Valdez, Piano
Jaden Benabdeslam, Piano
Sebastian Handley, Electric Guitar

String Quartet (youth members of the Whispering River Orchestra):
Lucas Salathiel, violin
Kevin Yi, violin
Miriam Elsawi, viola
Shannon Lai, cello

With special thanks to Keiko Yoden-Kuepfer and Brenda Margaret Muller for preparing the young talent for this concert.

Young Musician’s Biographies

Lauren Kohut – ARCT

Lauren is 21 years old and has been playing the piano for ten years. She attends Liberty University, where she recently finished her third year. In addition to playing the piano, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and reading.

Sweetwater Music Festival
Barrie Music Festival – Gold Award
Grey County Kiwanis Music Festival – Gold
Ontario Provincial Music Festival

Kari Zhang – RCM Level 6

I am 13, In grade 7. I go to a small homeschool called The Homeschool House, i ve been learning piano for 8 years since i was 4 years old, and my favourite thing to do besides piano is art.

Barrie Music Festival – Diamond Award Grey County Kiwanis Music Festival — Gold
Ontario Provincial Music Festival

Jaden Benabdeslam

Hello! My name is Jaden Benabdeslam, and I’m 12 years old. I just graduated from Grade 6 French Immersion at Admiral Collingwood Elementary School. I have been playing the piano for 1 1/2 years with my piano teacher, Mrs. Keiko Yoden-Kuepfer. When I’m not playing the piano, I like to read, sew, and do crafts.

Barrie Music Festival – Gold Award

Sunny Valdez

Hi, My name is Sunny Valdez and I am 14 years old. This year I have just graduated Grade 8 from St.Mary’s school. As of this summer, I have been playing piano for 2 years. My favorite thing to do besides playing piano is to play with my friends at Sunset Point!

Barrie Music Festival – Diamond Award
Grey County Kiwanis Music Festival – Gold
Ontario Provincial Music Festival

Whispering River Orchestra

Based in Parry Sound, ON, Whispering River Music strives to teach the whole person using a creative, inspired approach to learning that leads to a life-long love of music. All of its core teachers are professional musicians, trained teachers and hold an advanced university degree in music.

It was founded by Brenda Margaret Muller, a classically trained cellist, who has gone on to create conceptual events that weave together poetry, music and song. Working as a Musician, Poet, and Songwriter, as well as Artistic Director for the past 30 years, Brenda has created inter-arts events across the province, founded and directed the Ardeleana Chamber Music Society, and released 6 recordings with her trio, Ardeleana, including a CD of original cabaret songs, Wolf At My Door, and the first CD to feature only music by Canadian Women – Spinners of Starlight (1997).

She holds an Honours degree in Music Performance from the University of Western Ontario, a Mus. Ed and Honours Specialist in Music from O.I.S.E. University of Toronto. She is currently the founder and director of Whispering River Orchestra, and Riversongs, a 10 day Community Celebration of Music, Poetry and Art in Parry Sound, Ontario.

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