There’s nothing like the feeling Brantford pianist Rebecca Orsini gets when sharing her music with an audience.
“It’s great to be able to share music with other people,” the first year University of Toronto music student said. “I like being able to communicate with the audience. It’s also a great feeling to perform something that you have worked really hard on.”
Orsini will have the chance to share her passion with music lovers on Feb. 8 during the Brantford Music Club’s annual Young Artists Recital at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Orsini will perform with her piano trio, Trois Femmes, which includes Grade 12 students Emma Morrison and Magali Toy. Classical guitarist Silas Chinsen, violinist Abigail Davis and vocalist Elizabeth Zuwala will also join the trio on stage.
“The purpose of this concert is to try and give young artists a platform and the opportunity to perform in front of a big audience,” said Brantford Music Club president Lynn Haylock. “For students, this is a big deal. It’s pretty intimidating being on stage at the Sanderson Centre, so this gives them the opportunity to perform there and give them a bit of a start and help on their resume.”
The Young Artists Recital has been a staple in the community dating back at least 70 years. Several musicians, including internationally celebrated pianist Bernadene Blaha, have gone on to find success as professional musicians after debuting at the annual concert.
The valuable performing experience the recital offers her is important for Toy, who plans to pursue music in university and eventually become a professional musician in an orchestra.
“On route to becoming a professional musician, any opportunity to perform is welcome because of the experience you gain, what you learn from the audience, as well as the chance you get to grow from both your errors and your successes,” Toy said. “Being able to play in a concert like this gives a young performer a great chance to gain confidence and self-assurance in a large concert setting.”
Trois Femmes will perform Piano Trio No. 1 by David L. McIntyre, Davis will perform selected works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Max Bruch and William Kroll, Zuwala will perform works by Richard Strauss, Stephen Sondheim, Gabriel Faure, Franco Leone, Franz Schubert and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Chinsen will perform pieces by Bach, Francisco Tarrega, Antonio Lauro, Federico Moreno-Torroba and Roland Dyens.
“If you love music, you can have an enjoyable evening at the concert and it’s nice to keep a tradition going,” Haylock said. “We do need the support of the community to keep it going. There’s always lot of talent out there and lots of music, so it’s not difficult to find people to perform, but we certainly would like to have people in the audience.”
Tickets to the Young Artists Recital cost $20 for adults, $5 for students, and can be purchased at the Sanderson Centre box office at 88 Dalhousie St., or by phone at 519-758-8090 or 519-753-7066.
A complimentary reception with the artists will follow the concert.