Bluff Creek Baptist Church in Clinton was transformed into an intimate concert venue in March for Ryan and Maggie Dawson’s five children, who gave the biggest concert of their lives for family, friends and churchgoers, said the children’s great-aunt, Beth Dawson, of Jackson.
The oldest of the five Dawson siblings, 12-year-old Hastings Dawson, performed several classical piano solos, including “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum” and “Goliwogg’s Cake Walk” by Debussy as well as “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” by Martin Luther, a friar, priest and professor born in 1483.
Mills Dawson, 10, challenged his older brother on piano by playing “Solfeggietto” and “Prelude” by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
Mills, an accomplished cellist as well, performed three duets with Hastings on piano that included Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and a piece by Mozart.
John Dawson, 8, joined his two older brothers in a few songs while playing an African hand drum. He also plays the piano, and together, the three boys performed Coldplay’s “Paradise.”
Younger sisters Katie, 6, and Carlie, 4, performed together a Christian contemporary piece called “Give Thanks.”
Katie, who also plays the violin, joined Hastings and Mills on a few songs while the brothers played the piano and cello, respectively.
Carlie, the youngest, sang and played a children’s nursery rhyme called “Mister Moon” on piano, Dawson said.
A highlight of the concert was when Hastings played piano, Mills played the cello and John, Katie and Carlie sang “Seek Ye First/Canon in D” by German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel.
The five siblings, all home-schooled by their parents in Bluff Creek, received a standing ovation at the end of the concert.