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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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Sumner Regional Medical Center is seeking a maintenance worker. This position has been fille!

first_imgSumner Regional Medical Center no longer has an opening for a Maintenance Worker at its Plant Operations Department as it was filled last week. This is a FT position on our 3nd shift from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am.. Qualified individuals will possess the ability to repair and maintain the structure and fixtures; install, maintain and repair machinery, equipment, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, boiler, water and drainage systems. Responsibilities also include: limited security duties. Competitive benefits with compensation based on experience.  The successful applicant will be required to pass a post offer drug screen. Interested individuals should send resume or apply in person to:Allen Keller, Human Resources1323 North A StreetWellington, KS  67152ore-mail resume to [email protected] is an– Equal Opportunity Employer –last_img read more

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Farmer remanded for rape of 9-year-old

first_imgA 59-year-old farmer was on Thursday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on an allegation that he raped a nine-year-old girl.Clarence Marques of Port Kaituma, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini) was not required to plead to the indictable charge, which stated that during March 2018, at Port Kaituma, he engaged in sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16.Clarence MarquesThe prosecution is contending that the mother of the nine-year-old had sent the child to collect an item from the accused when the man allegedly offered her a cup of porridge, and while waiting for the porridge to cool, he reportedly took her into a fowl pen and placed his finger in her vagina.Upon her return home, the child was dealt several lashes by her mother for taking long on the errand, and the child then ran away and went back to Marques’s house, where she spent the night.The prosecution is contending that Marques placed the child on a bed, where he engaged in sexual penetration of her.The following day, when the child returned home, she told her mother what had transpired. The matter was then reported to the Police station, an investigation was carried out, and Marques was arrested for the offence.In court on Thursday, the Prosecutor objected to Marques being placed on bail, citing the serious nature of the allegation and the fact that the child had trusted the defendant.Marques was remanded to prison, and the case will continue on April 25.last_img read more

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Video: Cardiff City youngster scores brilliant solo goal from kick-off

first_imgCardiff City youngster Jamie Bird needed just nine seconds to make his mark in an Under-18s clash with Crystal Palace this week.Picking up the ball from kick-off, Bird ran the length of the Palace half before dispatching a clinical finish past the visitors’ stunned goalkeeper.Check out the impressive strike above.last_img