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Concert review: Father, daughter delight

Soprano Anika Howell and harpsichordist Curtis Howell brought magic to Saturday night’s Chamber Musicians of Kamloops’ concert, Collage , at Kamloops United Church.

Soprano Anika Howell and harpsichordist Curtis Howell brought magic to Saturday night’s Chamber Musicians of Kamloops’ concert, Collage, at Kamloops United Church.

While the harpsichord adds Christmas jingle to music, it is songs that tell the stories.

Both were worked beautifully into Saturday’s program.

From Bach to a sing-a-long, the execution was perfect.

Obviously, the four members of the Heritage Quartet are simpatico as every piece flowed and not a cue was missed.

Especially fun was the rendition of Greensleeves, with  Laure Matiakh on cello.

Following a brief intro, she played the well-known tune, handed it off to the piano, then participated in a furious build up. 

Suddenly, she called a halt. The others complied and the piece ended exquisitely.  

Now, about the remarkable talent of Anika Howell.
Anika has taken piano lessons from her dad Curtis, forever, but two years ago, she  began voice training.
Anika excelled last spring in the Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts.

This past Saturday was her debut performance with professional musicians — and what a debut it was.

She sang an aria from a Handel opera, two heartbreaking carols, dramatized You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch and topped it all off by leading the audience in a medley of Christmas carols.  

This gem of a concert is available online until Dec. 24, To view it, go to the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops website at      chambermusiciansofkamloops.org.

The next concert — Surrounding the Silence, featuring Martin Krátký on cello and Paul Dykstra on piano — is scheduled for Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Kamloops United Church.

Find tickets online at chambermusiciansofkamloops.org.