What’s your initial reaction to the word “recital?” Do you remember your first one? Were you nervous about it? Were the internal butterflies more like elephants? Did your palms sweat oryour knees shake? Or, maybe you could hardly wait to walk up to the piano, sit down and play for the room full of moms, dads, grandparents, other students and more.
My Mom was a piano teacher so I attended recitals before I was born and all the way through high school. Eventually, I played in them which I didn’t mind except my knees shook. They still do. My most vivid memories are not my playing but the flowers (lavender lilacs in May) and other decorations Mom provided, plus delicious refreshments and my faithful non-musical Dad setting up chairs and taking photos at every recital.
I met Keith during my junior year of high school and from then on, through our college years, I attended his double bass recitals as well as many other artists’ recitals and concerts.
Aside from making moms, dads and grandparents proud, recitals are not just for the enjoyment of the audience. Recitals are of great benefit to the students. Some of those benefits are building confidence, developing character and communication skills, receiving inspiration and opportunities to share personal accomplishments and bring joy to others.
The students of Freeburg Pianos’ Artists-in Residence, Dr. John Cobb and Gwenn Roberts will be performing a recital, “Island of Reflections” at the Hendersonville United Methodist Church. Many of you have attended this annual recital and look forward to each one. There will be students of all ages and levels performing on the piano and vocally. I know you are wondering . . . . Yes, Christopher Tavernier will be performing – Debussy, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev!
In addition to personally enjoying the music and “bursting my buttons” over the students’
accomplishments, I always look forward to talking with and hugging “everyone” in the audience. In my heart, you are Freeburg Pianos’ extended family and I love each one of you. If you are in the area, I sure hope to see you there.