by PJ Trautwein
There are rare times in life when very special dreams do come true. This happened for me with Agne G’s Christmas Concert at my church, Epiphany Lutheran Church, Ellicott City/Columbia, Maryland. Her concert was more delightful than I could ever have dreamed possible. How can one be so fortunate to have this experience in life?
Even though it was Thanksgiving weekend and that Saturday the heavens unleashed torrential rain, people came and experienced more than they ever expected. In the simplicity and elegance of the venue adorned in Christmas array, a masterpiece of extreme talent and beauty unfolded. The concert headlined the seventeen year old soprano from Chicago, Agne G.
Her performance that evening justified all of the national and international awards she has accumulated. The brilliance, clarity, power, and pitch perfection of her voice are all beyond her seventeen years. Those who stayed to personally meet her at the reception after the concert will also attest to a loving, grateful, and humble young person as well.
Agne G. featured traditional Christmas carols and songs: “Joy To The World,” “Panis Angelicus,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “What Child Is This” (medley), “Silent Night,” “Holy City,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear,” and “O Holy Night.” This brought the audience to their feet with a thunderous ovation. For an encore she sang a most beautiful rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer” which again brought the audience to a long-standing ovation.
Her voice throughout was perfection and her stage presence classic. It is quite clear that she is master in interpreting the message and emotion of a song and that she loves to perform. The most frequent comment was “I never expected to hear such a beautiful voice coming from someone this young.”
Three young pianists from sixteen to eighteen years of age, Mariana Lennon, Samantha Turner, and Trenton Shook, were guest performers who captivated the audience with their unbelievable talent. They truly added to the awesome musical experience of the evening. It was an evening filled with the joy of music celebrating the Christmas season – a personal dream come true.
The concert which was assisted by the Maryland State Music Teachers’ Association and the Greater Columbia Music Teachers’ Association benefited the Agne G. Music Scholarship Fund of the MusicLink Foundation. Through this endeavor $1,804.00 was raised for this fund. Contributions to this fund can be made by designating the fund online. Hopefully there will be future endeavors to encourage our young people in the development of their talents.
For more information about Agne G. and to purchase her album, visit her website.