The spotlight shone brightly on the Peninsula Community Theatre on May 15 to illuminate Hamer and Friends, hosted by the Peninsula Music Society, performing to a packed house at this accessible venue enhanced by a subtle and gentle lighting backdrop.
Opening the program, Rebecca Chan, violin, Stefanie Farrands, viola, and Michael Dahlenburg, cello, played sensuously and vibrantly, with tremendous rhythmic accord. This touch and energy set the tone for the evening, the artists blending together with gripping dynamic beat.
Guest artist Zoe Black, violin, followed, her feeling for the music enhancing a brilliant technical virtuosity. Zoe and partner Joe Chindamo, keyboard, last September made their debut at Carnegie Hall, New York. This day, Mornington was no less enthralled.
Where Beethoven’s ‘String Trio Op 9, No 3 in C Minor’ captivated the audience to begin with, the passion of Janacek’s ‘Intimate Letters’ took over to highlight the entertainment. Brahms’ ‘String Quartet No 2 in A Minor’ then lulled the audience, while never forsaking vibrancy and energy. The performers rose as one to a grand finale that brought the house down.
BY CATHERINE GODONY