We had a full house, including many brand new beginners – and the love in the room was palpable. I found myself in awe of the bravery and beauty of each student who played. We heard much expressive texture, well-coordinated beats and rhythms, lovely melodies, a first exploration of triad chords, and more.
The night featured timeless classical themes, pop tunes, and (perhaps my favorite) original songs composed by these creative students. Graditude to the intermediate students for introducing our ears to Burgmuller, higher level music theory, baroque music, and even more creativity.
For a couple of recital highlights (how to choose just a couple?) click here:
The Pond, by Jon Sutton – performed by Killian
Yankee Doodle, plus original song - performed by Maggie
It was also a treat for me to perform part of the Nocturne in F Minor by Chopin – here is the video I mentioned at the recital, of Horowitz performing that same piece. Check out his composure, the romantic ebbs and flows of the tempo, and his extended trills!
Huge appreciation to my parents for so generously hosting this big ol’ party, and to my boyfriend Charlie for unending support all the way through. Video & photo credits go to my dad and Charlie as well! Thank you to all of you, family and friends, who came out to support our demonstration of learning – we like how you shared your ears (and your applause)!
What a way to come together as a community and launch our first year!
Congrats again to the following students who performed - Sasha, Victoria, Madeleine, Ava, Charlotte, Killian, Ruthie, Ellis, Brooke, Victoria, Thea A., Veronica, Lauren, Daniel, Charlie, Waverly, Natalie, Caroline, Maggie, Gemma, Cassie, and Sara! Thanks also to those who were there performing in spirit - Seiver, Sarah, Steven, Hilary, Thea C., Fiona, Cate, and Ashley! And welcome to our new students, who are invited to join us next time around!
Can't wait to see where the musical journey takes us next...
p.s. – boys, next time I want you in the picture! :)