Yesterday was the first in our series of Summer School of the Arts fundraising concerts. It was a regional grand piano showcase, featuring as many senior piano students as possible from within a 2 to 3 hour radius, plus any local less advanced students who wanted to play. There were also a couple of vocalists and two students who played both violin and piano.
Erin has the performer’s gift — adrenalin that fires her up, focuses her, and gives her performances gusto. She understands performance anxiety at an intellectual level but has never experienced it. What she gets is performance excitement, and does it ever come through in her playing.
She was the most advanced student playing on both violin and piano. On violin she did her Kreisler piece and on piano she did the mighty Khatchaturian Toccata (which I’ll have to video sometime). Both are showy pieces to start with … and gosh did she turn it on! Both pieces were stunning.
While I was incredibly proud and blown away by her playing, I felt a little badly for the way she stole the show twice over. There were some very nice performances from the other students. In a concert like this we all know that someone will play the flashiest piece that will catch everyone’s attention; that’s just how it goes. But somehow doing that on two different instruments just feels a little over the top. I think in future I will try to dissuade concert organizers from having her perform on both instruments — at least unless there are a few more advanced performers.
Oh, and the kids in the audience: not counting the performers, there were 7 homeschoolers and 2 schoolchildren in the audience. A better ratio than the day before at the garden workbee!