“Today, Carnegie Hall has come to visit Hillel Lodge,” said Evelyn Greenberg as she introduced the 13th annual Ruth Berger Memorial Concert.
Held this year on June 19, the annual concert for Lodge residents is sponsored by the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation and features musicians from the National Arts Centre’s Young Artists Program.
Established in 1999 by Pinchas Zukerman, the program offers outstanding young musicians from all over the world intensive summer training with renowned masters, exposure to various styles of music, and networking opportunities with other prominent musicians.
The concert, including compositions by Prokofiev, Brahms, Debussy, Scriabin, and Albeniz, was “absolutely wonderful,” said Lodge resident Sylvia Freedman. “I have seen and heard the best musicians, and these musicians are definitely at the top.”
The young musicians performing in the concert this year included violist Ella Bukszpan, 20, from Israel; bassist Jordan Calixto, 23, from the United States; violinist HyunJae (Hannah) Lin, 19, from South Korea; oboist Michelle Fang, 22, and clarinetist Ludovik Lesage-Hinse, 23, from Canada; and violinist Pinhua Zen, 20, from China.
Pianist Jing Yang, a Young Artists Program faculty member also performed.
“The musicians, in addition to being so highly professional and skilled, were also passionate and stimulating in what they played,” said Greenberg after the concert. “The audience was absolutely spellbound and mesmerized by their performances.”