On Sunday, June 2, the East Kootenay Music Teachers Association presented the eighth annual Sonatina Sunday concert at Knox Presbyterian Church.
Sonatina Sunday was originally conceived as a way to highlight classical-era (late 18th to early 19th century) piano pieces, in the Sonata or Sonatina form. Piano students are very familiar with these sprightly, attractive pieces, often assigned to improve technical facility and knowledge of musical form.
This year, 22 performers presented 16 selections, representing different musical eras — including Baroque, Classical, Romantic and even 20th Century.
As well as stunning performances on the piano of works by such giants as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert as well as some lesser-known composers, there were six vocal performances, by students currently studying in the area, including some who have gone on to post-secondary study in music.
A string quartet consisting of three young violin students and their teacher on cello enlivened the afternoon with a movement from a 20th century string quartet by the British composer David Stone.
The event was rounded off with a reception in the church hall, with food donated by the Real Canadian Superstore.
The concert raised approximately $600 for the EKMTA’s scholarship fund. Scholarships are given annually to students who excel in Conservatory examinations in piano, voice, strings and theory, as well as to stellar performers at the East Kootenay Performing Arts Festival.
Many thanks to our sponsors, Cranbrook Rotary, Dr. F.E. Robertson and Dr. R. Bednarcyzk of Cranbrook Vision Care, Ron Jenkins of Investors’ Group, Angela Poch of Higher Path Printing and the Real Canadian Superstore. Thanks also to Knox Presbyterian Church for technical assistance and support.