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:
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.
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.