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Geoffrey Hopkins in concert: Beethoven piano sonatas

first_imgA programme consisting solely of Beethoven’s piano sonatas promised to be a challenging recital, but also a very rewarding experience for any pianist or listener.  The concert was performed by Oxford resident, Geoffrey Hopkins, at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St. Hilda’s College, on 18th January.  Despite containing music written by solely one composer, the recital was very varied.  Hopkins chose three sonatas, which were written at different stages of Beethoven’s life, and therefore differed greatly in style.    The opening sonata (Sonata in C major, op.2 no.3) was written in the early years of Beethoven’s compositional career and demonstrates the influence of early-classical period composers such as Mozart and Haydn.  Hopkins’ rendition of this sonata began wonderfully, with an expressive melody-line and secure finger-work.  The chords throughout were generally well balanced, although some of the larger chords lacked emphasis on the top line, and thus perhaps felt a little heavy for the style.  The third (Scherzo and Trio) movement was particularly enjoyable, although could perhaps have been a little more energetic, since some of the ‘bounce’ of the music was lost in the scalic passages.  The second sonata Hopkins played (Sonata in F minor, op. 57,‘Appassionata’) contrasted greatly with the first piece.  Hopkins seemed to enjoy the later, more romantic style, and this was evident in his performance. The tone was appropriately warm throughout all three movements of the work, and the first movement displayed some particularly impressive technical playing.  Hopkins’ performance of the ‘Appassionata’ sonata was particularly warmly received.    The final piece was Beethoven’s Sonata in C minor (op. 111).  This is the final sonata that Beethoven wrote for piano, and contains some unusual harmonies and chromaticism.  Again, Hopkins’ playing was striking and very stylistically fitting; the second movement was particularly beautiful and expressive.  Overall, Hopkins’ playing throughout this concert was convincing and technically assured, and the programme well chosen.  However, the concert perhaps deserved a more lively encore than that chosen by Hopkins.  After the intensity of the final two sonatas, a playful Beethoven scherzo or Schubert impromptu may have been more appropriate a conclusion than the slow movement from Beethoven’s G major sonata (op. 59).  In general, however, the audience was very impressed by Hopkins’ performance.    by Sarah Blackfordlast_img read more

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Belles connect with area restaurants, businesses

first_imgSaint Mary’s students will get to taste and familiarize themselves with the services and products of food establishments throughout South Bend on Thursday night at the Taste of Saint Mary’s event from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Student Center Lounge. Student body president and senior Maureen Parsons said the Taste of Saint Mary’s, which is free to all students and sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), is designed to help attendees establish connections with local restaurants and businesses. “The Taste of SMC is an event that allows local businesses to market their product or service to students,” she said. “[SGA] wanted to have the Taste of SMC to build a relationship between the students and the community of South Bend. It is an opportunity for students to learn about what is available in the community.” Parsons said she believes the Taste of Saint Mary’s is a great way for students to enjoy some free food while also getting acquainted with local businesses and different ways to enjoy their services. “The business can offer free samples, sell merchandise, provide their services or simply talk about their business,” she said. “[Some of the businesses] will be giving away free samples of their products.” Several local businesses and restaurants are participating in the event, including Flourish Boutique, Papa John’s, Salon Nouveau, Urban Swirl, Salon Rouge and Biggby Coffee, Parsons said. While the event is free, as are most of the services, Flourish is selling some merchandise. Parsons said the SGA organized the event by reaching out to businesses to gather an interest of which ones would want to participate in  the even, then sent out informational packets to move the process along. Parsons said she is hopeful this event will become an annual event and that more businesses will participate in the next one. “We hope that students will learn more about what South Bend has to offer,” she said. “Many businesses in the community have great student discounts that our students are not aware of. We really want to start working with the community and building a relationship with businesses for the future.”last_img read more

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Broome County breaks record for highest number of virus cases reported

first_img(WBNG) — Broome County reported 50 more COVID-19 cases on Thursday from Wednesday, bringing the county total to 243 active cases. This is the highest number of cases ever recorded for the county. He also said over 1,000 county residents are in quarantine. 104 of those cases are located in Binghamton. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar tweeted Thursday that the county was training more contact tracers to manage the recent spike in cases. To see where cases are located in the county, click here. The number of people hospitalized did not see an increase. That number remained at eight from Wednesday into Thursday. In his Wednesday news conference, Garnar said the rise in cases is tied to bars and restaurants on the west side of Bingamton.last_img read more

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Masai’s Giants of Africa Celebrates 15th Anniversary in Lagos

first_imgJust before the 2018 programme began in Kigali, Rwanda Masai said: “When I started Giants of Africa, I envisioned providing African youth access to the game and empowering them to achieve their greatest potential. With 63% of Africa’s population below the age of 25, we have a huge goal and responsibility to help them develop. We are excited that this year we are able to extend our reach further across the continent to help realize that dream.”The foreign coaches named for the 2018 programme are Ujiri himself, Jama Mahlalela, Patrick Engelbrecht, Joe Touomou, Godwin Owinje, Harry Ezenibe, Eric Khoury and Arsalan Jamil.Most of these coaches have been working with GOA since inception. The Nigeria-based coaches are Adeka Daudu, Lateef Erinfolami, Emmanuel Odah, Peter Ahmedu and Michael Akuboh.Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Giants of Africa has committed to hosting basketball camps and community outreach initiatives in Rwanda, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Senegal.Giants of Africa youth camp held in Rwanda from August 6 to 8 and then moved to Democratic Republic of Congo from August 10 to 11 and in Uganda from August 13 to 14. It was done in Kenya from August 16 to 19 and now Nigeria from August 21 to 24. The train will round off in Senegal from August 26 to 28.The organization will host girls’ camps in tandem with its boys’ camps in Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal. Giants of Africa will also activate local outreach initiatives in the communities of Kakuma, Maiduguri as well as Bingereville, Ivory Coast.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Giants of Africa basketball camp run by the Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri will do the tip off in Lagos tuesday. The venue this time is the Sports Hall of the National Stadium and running through August 25.The specialist development programme for teenagers is unique this year as it is the 15th anniversary celebration.Ujiri and his crew arrived in Lagos straight from Nairobi, Kenya where the programme rounded off on Sunday.last_img read more