The Recital

Let me begin by saying that I don’t have the sound file edited yet. I could post what I’ve got, but it’s an 800 megabyte file and that would not go over so well.

The recital was the first time I’d met any of the other children. My illustrious instructor teaches at several schools around San Antonio and has about thirty students. As it turns out, several of them are very small people.

We gathered in the music room of the church, tuned our instruments, got our marching orders, and then proceeded into the parlor, which was equipped with a baby grand and several chairs for the extremely gracious audience.

We sat in a row in the front:

The Lineup

After Ms. Henry introduced the class, we all played Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star as a group. This is remarkably difficult when one’s hand is shaking so badly that one can barely grip one’s bow.

(I’m on the far right.)

After the first group bit, we each played a few solo pieces. I screwed up each and every one of mine. From here on out, my public performances can only get better. I’m looking forward to the next one.

After we’d each done our bit (including one little girl doing a duet with Ms. Henry of Pachabel’s Canon in D), those of us who knew the piece played Perpetual Motion, a cornerstone of the Suzuki program.

perpetual motion ensemble.jpg

After all this, my dear father (who sat through the entire recital with a huge grin on his face) took me and Kelly out to dinner. We toasted learning and doing things that scare the poop out of you.

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  1. Sheryl Says:

    Oops! I meant NJ not NZ. That show my brainrot from living abroad!!!

  2. Sheryl Says:

    Lisa in NZ,

    That comment deserves some smiley faces!

    :-) :-) :-)

  3. Lisa in NJ Says:

    Great post on your public debut as a violinist! I’m happy for you. Today at my cello lesson, I intend to ask when *I* can play Twinkle Twinkle.

  4. ABQ woman Says:

    Dave, I am soooo proud. :-)

    Gotta get Adam started – I bet you and he will be playing duets in a few years!

    Love, Marnie

  5. David Says:

    It was a lot of fun. But man, do I have a lot of work to do.
    Bess, you’re precisely right with the Suzuki quote. I’ve made a lot of progress since January, but it’s going to be a looong time before I can really play something worth listening to.

  6. Katxena Says:

    Congratulations! I’m really impressed — knitting, violin playing, biking. You’re amazing!

  7. Ken Says:

    Great job — I don’t have the guts to play an mp3 in with an audience.

  8. Bess Says:

    You are cool beyond words. In a past life I was a violinist in an orchestra, where I met and married a flute playing fellow. My favorite quote from Suzuki is his answer when asked how much practice it took to become a violinist. “Three hours a day for 9 years … or 9 hours a day for three.”

  9. Lubna Says:

    BRAVO!!!! You looked great up there David! It’s a great feeling accomplishing such a task, you did it with gusto!! Thanks for sharing, and I’m looking forward to the next!

  10. Merrilee Says:

    Wow. JH’s students have such good bow holds. So impressive.

  11. Kaetchen Says:

    I don’t even know what to say, these are so cute. Way to go!

  12. michelle Says:

    Congratulations on your debut! Next stop, Carnegie Hall.

  13. Sheryl Says:

    Nice pictures. You look happy. :-)