THUNDER BAY, ON --- May 21, 2011 --- Spring time is when most of want to enjoy the great outdoors, after being cooped up all winter attending spring concerts is sometimes not a part of our blood’s chemistry. While it may be a difficult time to sell a concert, spring time is when most dedicated students are in their best form. Having completed an academic year and preparing for conservatory or university exams. Thinking back a year ago two very talented musicians presented the chamber music concert of the season in my opinion at St. Andrew’s Presybterian Churcn, they were Bex Herman and Thunder Bay native Christina Faye.
This Saturday Gregory Lewis will present a solo recital titles “An Evening of Classical Music” The concert will also be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church beginning at 7:00 pm. The cost will be $10.00 and $5.00 at the door. St. Andrew’s is a larger venue and this is a spring concert so selling out may not be a problem, but then Gregory Lewis has developed a bit of a following in the city. I already know of one couple travelling from Ignace for this event.
After this fundraising concert Gregory plans to take his violin playing to a higher level. He has been accepted to a weeklong violin symposium at the Juilliard School of Music. While there Gregory will attend many pedagogy classes, including one lead by world renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman. Following his time at Juilliard, Gregory will be competing at the Ontario Music Festival’s Provincial competition and then heading straight to Grace College in Indiana, where he has been accepted into a month long strings orchestral program.
For any young musician taking steps such as this is part of a plan for a successful career in music. Intensive enriched musical experiences such as these create opportunities to enter good music schools that will take young talented musicians and turn them into polished performers. I like to see new talent develop in our city, and a chance to see a young performer as they are about to leave the city for advanced studies is often a chance to see them at their very best. It wasn’t long ago that anther concert I reviewed knocked my socks off, those students had just completed their studies at a prestigious Boston Music School. You can reserve your tickets for Saturday’s recital by calling Gregory’s concert manager, his dad Trevor at 577-9514
Arts Editor: LakeSuperiorNews.com