Friday, December 14, 2007

what a performance

Our good friend, Kirk, had his paintings featured at an art gallery the other night. He's had a couple of gallery openings before and they are cool to attend. One of his paintings in the show was of Roxanne. Although we've seen the painting at his house, it's more impressive when it's hanging in an art gallery.(go to http://www.kirkhaysart.com/ click on December 6th show, look at the painting titled "Askew". . . that's Roxanne! Also go to "about me" and click on the link "my art collection" and see the piano I painted shown there -- that was a fun project. While you're on his site, look at all his amazing paintings!) Anyway, we were having a complicated evening. Besides the gallery opening, Dave was scheduled to have a leaderhip meeting at our house, I had an Enrichment night to attend, and Rachel was performing three piano pieces at her college recital. I had to choose Rachel. Her professor told her she would be early in the program so we had to cancel out on everything else and we all got got to her school and got settled in our seats at the Performing Arts Center. I have got to say, I have sat through many school performances. This was a far cry from the middle school band and choir performances we have endured. (Melanie, if you read this . . . sorry. I promise we cheered for you at your middle school concert this week, too.) It makes all the years of music training worth it to watch beautiful, accomplished college-aged performers. At 7:00, as enrichment was going on, we listened to the very long orchestra selections. At 9:00, as the art gallery gala was winding down, we were listening to the percussion experimental performance pieces, then finally at 9:35 pm, our lovely daughter came on stage. I was feeling bad for not being creative enough with our schedule to do everything we each wanted and needed to do (which by the way, sometimes I am impressed with our creative scheduling!) and still be there to cheer Rachel on.
Anyway, after sitting through a very long, yet quite enjoyable, program, this is what we saw:

And . . . notice she's not carrying any sheet music!

Isn't she amazing?

7 comments:

Katie said...

Isn't technology amazing?!! I think it's great that I can sit in my living room in Ohio and watch my cousin's piano recital in Arizona. Thanks for posting it. You have a very talented daughter. (or maybe three)

Lauri said...

WOW! I haven't heard Rachel play for several years and she was GOOD a few years ago. That is amazing. Kudos to you Rachel!!!!

rachel said...

Whoa I am quite a smokin pianist. yes indeed. :)

you know you don't realize how hard the piece is until you see yourself playing it from a 3rd person point of view. being the actual person learning the songs from the beginning, it doesn't seem all that bad. but this gives ya a good perspective.

i am smokin. :)

Heidi said...

Great job Rachel! That's awesome. I also missed Kirk Hay's show because I had to play at enrichment. :( I'll have to go check it out especially since he painted Roxanne! :)

CaliZona said...

I am at once musical mush puddled pathetically on the cold, hard floor at Rachel's feet . . .

Suzanne Barker said...

I am vvveeeerrrry impressed Rachel! Fabulous job! And Cynthia, thank you so much for posting it!

Suzanne Barker said...

I am VVVEEERRRYY impressed! Fabulous job Rachel! And thank you for posting it so we could see Cynthia!