Hundreds of Lake City Secondary students got the chance to listen to internationally renowned violinist Jack Glatzer last week.
At 80 years of age, Glatzer is still an active and vibrant performer able to mix music lessons into his performance seamlessly. This Texas native has performed on every continent on Earth, excluding Antartica, and has done recitals in over 50 countries.
He was invited to Williams Lake to perform at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre on Wednesday, May 15 and followed up his performance with several free recitals for lakecity youth at LCSS’ Columneetza and Williams Lake Campuses. Carl Johnson, the director of the Cariboo Mens Choir and teacher on call for SD27, said that Glatzer comes through the Cariboo every few years, to visit a life-long friend in 100 Mile House and while here offers his musical talents to the community.
This year Johnson asked Glatzer to share his musical knowledge with SD27 students in an intimate setting, leading to five 45 minute recitals/lessons. At Columneetza Glatzer performed three times Thursday morning in the Cafeteria for about 150 students at a time and twice on Friday morning in the band room of the Williams Lake Campus.
He feels that Glazer’s dynamic style of performance adds a special element to the performance that the students really appreciated. Throughout the performance, The Tribune witnessed he would often pause to take questions and explain the underlying elements of the music he was playing.
“It (was) a chance for them to see music created in front of them,” Johnson said. “Music is a chance for students to see something more in there existence.”
Students in attendance listened to Glatzer intently and were respectfully silent during his performances.