The seventh program of the Sunflower Music Festival was a special one, as it featured budding musicians from the Blanche Bryden Collegiate Institute.
The concert featured three pieces: German composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Sonata No.1 in D Major for Violin & Piano, Op. 12, No.1”, Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s “String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, No. 12— ‘American’”, and German composer Felix Mendelssohn’s “String Quartet in F minor, No.6, Op. 80”.
A chamber duo featured violinist Sean Radermacher and pianist Cheung Lun Tsui, playing a Beethoven piece. Radermacher earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Duquesne University where he studied with Charles and Rachel Stegeman. Cheung Lun began playing the piano at 5 and earned his Master of Music degree at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying under Ludmilla Lifson.
The second piece featured the Panther String Quartet, a with Alexander Alvarado and Francesca Rossi on violin, Michelle Sanchez on viola, and Sada Adam on cello. All of them showed their immense skills by playing a near-perfect rendition of Dvořák’s composition.
The Appassionato Quartet performed Mendelssohn’s piece. This quartet, too, showed their impressive musical abilities. They had been practicing with the veteran musicians throughout the week and that practice culminated on stage in their performance.
All the performers from the Blanche Bryden Collegiate Institute gave performances to relish.