Concert to display Canada’s young classical talent

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Classical music performed by three of Canada’s Rising Stars will fill the chilly air in the Rocky Mountains this Saturday (March 3).

Canmore’s artsPlace stage will host the performance showcase, Canada’s Rising Stars, with emerging teenage musicians set to wow audiences starting at 7:30 p.m.

The annual event is presented by internationally acclaimed pianist and Canmore resident Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, who has personally worked with musicians: violinist Jacques Forestier, 13, cellist Joan Herget, 16, and violinist Angela Ryu, 18.

“Producing this concert in Canmore is something I’m proud of,” said Ruberg-Gordon. “It gives an opportunity for young performers to take risks and feel support from audiences.

“Music here is diverse, Canmore is diverse … Classical music has been around for hundreds of years and never gets tired and to hear a young person playing that music strongly, with drive and passion, and delivering old pieces in a fresh form is captivating to see.”

All three teens are students at Calgary’s Mount Royal University Conservatory Academy Program, utilizing teachings from the likes of violinist Bill VanderSloot and cellist Beth Root Sandvoss.

Attending Mount Royal is a huge commitment by students and their parents, says Ruberg-Gordon.

Forestier began studying violin at the age of two and is currently preparing for the Yehudi Menuhin international violin competition for the junior division. He is the only Canadian that made it in. At age 11, he made his orchestral debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and has gone on to perform as a guest soloist with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Edmonton Youth Orchestra and Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra.

“It’s an extraordinary accomplishment,” said Ruberg-Gordon. “It’s an incredible commitment from him and there’s nothing else he wants to do except play violin.”

Herget has an upcoming concert as soloist with the Calgary Youth Orchestra performing Elgar’s cello concerto. In 2017, Herget placed first in the Young Artist Competition, winning duel performances with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony and was a winner in the C3 Concerto Competition.

“She’s a very strong cellist and she has tremendous conviction when she plays,” said Ruberg-Gordon. “As a musician, she’s very communicative and a beautiful cellist, technically and emotionally.”

Ryu just finished a North American university audition tour to such places as Juilliard, Carnegie-Melon, Rice University, and Montreal’s McGill. She is the 2015 Grand award winner of the FCMF National Music Festival and first prizewinner of the 2015 Canadian Music Competition. She is a two-time winner of the Calgary C3 Concerto Competition and has performed as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Civic Symphony, and Calgary Youth Orchestra.

“She’s a powerhouse,” Ruberg-Gordon said. “She’s an extremely hard working young gal and her musical instincts are terrific.”

Tickets are $25 and $12.50 for youth, and $21.25 for artsPlace members.

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