I posted the following on my Facebook page after my adult students played for their peers yesterday over Skype. Their performances were beamed from London, England; Sydney, Australia; near Asheville, North Carolina; Prospect, Kentucky; Chico, California, and Berkeley, home of the esteemed university.
“Heartfelt music sharing in the wake of a tragic loss of Parisian life represents the distinct human will to defeat evil by creating beauty.
“An autumn bouquet landing on my doorstep was by its timely arrival, more than a recital celebration. Its full bloom splendor affirmed hope in the face despair.
“So if music can fuel Love (and life) as well, then play on…” (paraphrase Shakespeare)
Our Video: Part One, captured the raw reality of orchestrating a world-wide Internet-driven music-sharing with its built-in challenges.
With alacrity I panned my iPhone about a set of computer-filled boxes that contained players who appeared and disappeared like Jack Rabbit, often fading in and out with echoes trailing after them. Yet once the recital officially commenced, all loose ends came together and students PLAYED with dedicated love for the piano that permeated each and every performance.
Part ONE launches a series of segments that will flow out of our SECOND Bi-Annual “recital” over Skype. Our sharing took place, November 14, 2015 at 11:45 a.m. from the West Coast; 2:45 p.m. in Kentucky and North Carolina; 7:45 p.m. in London, England, and 6:45 a.m. SUNDAY in Sydney, Australia.
The agony and ecstasy of planning and producing such an event has earned its own tribute.
TO MY STUDENTS:
“Thanks to all of you for your heartfelt playing. What most moved me was not how many right notes you played, but what warmth and love you communicated.
“So keep growing without self-judgment, and preserve your perspective about inch by inch growth.
“And with that said, I congratulate each and every bud to blossom piano student. What a divine privilege it is to work side-by-side with you over weeks, months and hopefully years to come.”
Last Year’s Recital by SKYPE, March 15, 2014