by Carol Masters
Becketwood music lovers were delighted to hear several of the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute students on June 13. Artistic Director Young-Nam Kim initiated the program twenty years ago as the educational arm of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, which he also founded. Dr. Kim, who thrilled the audience when he led the players in a spirited encore, is a faculty member of the music department of the University of Minnesota. The young artists are all from area high schools or the U of MN.
The participants included a string trio, Nicolas Mercure, violin; Sarah Funck, viola; and Gillian Rieder, cello, playing Ignaz Pleyel’s String Trio in F major. Dr. Kim invited the audience to listen for resonances of Haydn and Mozart in the graceful and lively movements.
Up next was the string sextet that performed Nicolas Rimsky-Korsakov’s String Sextet in A Major. Becketwood Member Barbara White’s granddaughter Cecilia Petruconis was a violinist in this Sextet (Cecelia is the daughter of Laurie, whose Four Voices String Quartet performed in May at Becketwood). Other sextet performers were Makaela Foerderer, Joella Chen, Isadora White, Dylan Kenneavy, and Chris Kwon.
A chamber music critic of the Russian musician's era described the composition as a “youthful, entertaining piece that is full of gaiety.” These young players certainly brought their ardor and technical brilliance to a riveting performance!