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A Great Performance by Romeo!

Gary Barling

By Gary Barling

“A very wonderful organ recital last Sunday.” “A fantastic event!” “Everyone was thrilled to be a part of this amazing time!” These and other positive comments reflect the feelings of those who attended the organ recital at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Petawawa on April 19th.

Romeo Krauss held the audience spellbound for over an hour with classical music (a Beethoven Fugue, Pachelbel’s Canon, Schubert’s Ave Maria), themes (Exodus, Empire of the Sun), folk (Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, Those were the Days, Always on my Mind), hymns (Jerusalem, By Name Have I Called You) and just plain fun music (Mr. Bojangles, When You Wish Upon a Star, and a Beatle’s Melody). Romeo started off at the churches large pipe organ, then came to the church front and played the piano clavinova, then returned to the organ for the final set. The audience was intrigued to watch Romeo at the clavinova, as they could see first-hand the skill and dexterity required to make such beautiful music so effortlessly. It was a first rate recital, and we all congratulated Romeo on his outstanding performance. As one audience member said, “A fabulous afternoon of music and fellowship. Romeo is a star!”

Following the recital the audience enjoyed cheesecake, squares, coffee and tea were offered. A beautiful floral arrangement, donated by Kevin’s Flowers, was raffled and won by Myrna Crozier. The members of St. John’s were most grateful for the support of this event. Our last quote says it all: “Just a wonderful event, something we don't often have the opportunity to enjoy! Many thanks to all involved.”

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