Last month a wonderful musical event took place. I do hesitate to say grandiose about an event organized single-handedly by yours truly, but hey, maybe I should say it after all, it truly was truly grandiose.
Remember Jacques-Pierre Malan, an aspiring cellist and grad student at Peabody, who performed for my seniors about two years ago together with his friend Solomon Eichner?
Well, my friends, about a month ago I saw Jacques-Pierre in the place I least expected to see him - my son's cello class in Peabody Institute!
(It turned out that Jacques-Pierre came to observe Troy's teacher "in action" and get some teaching tips from her).
Shortly after this meeting, I contacted Jacques-Pierre to see if he was still looking for opportunities to perform, and it turned out that he was! So we planned a program of classical gems by Bach, Beethoven and Haydn. Aren't you getting excited yet? Believe me, you should, because this time Jacques-Pierre would be accompanied on the piano by the virtuosic pianist and Peabody professor Clinton Adams.
This recital was to open my brand-new recital series, called "Recitals by Candlelight", and was to consist of 2 parts: the Pre-Recital Reception and the Recital proper.
The fame well preceded the event and soon enough 65 seniors from near and far (there was a shuttle that brought 14 seniors from miles away) signed up for the event.
And so, the big day finally came.
From early morning I was busy as a bee, dressing the reception room in fuchsia and silver, designing the cheese and fruit displays, carving baskets and flowers from red peppers and constructing veggie-stuffed rolls out of all sorts of cheese.
Yes, my friends, that's me.
I do not believe in paying $100.00 to the deli department in a local supermarket for something that I can make for under $30.00.
But of course, the highlight of the reception was Raspberrini's, my new alcohol-free creation made (especially for the occasion) of sparkling apple cider and fresh raspberries frozen inside ice cubes and served in champagne flutes.
Needless to say, my seniors had a wonderful time at the reception and, as my student Bonnie put it: " felt like a million bucks".
I believe it is now time to stop talking and let the pictures below speak for themselves.
|Left to right: my students Sandra, Fran and Sally|
|Right to left: my students Bonnie and Bea|
Indeed, the champagne and the flowers on the tables were fake,
|Left to right: my students Rosalie, Charlotte and Alla|
the candles were flameless, but the music was real!
The performance was absolutely incredible.
To me, the most striking thing was the contrast and, at the same time, the harmony of two polar performing approaches (Clinton Adams' being all class, and conservative flawlessness and Jacques-Pierre Malan's being all boldness, adventurism and humor). However, different as their performances were, the artists could not have possibly formed a more perfect duo, united by their endless passion for music and music making.
This recital set the room on fire. My students gave the musicians a standing ovation after every number, but especially after the 1st Movement from Haydn's Concerto in D Major - everyone raved about (and even tried to sing!) that music days after the recital.
Of course, my seniors can't wait to see both wonderful musicians again. Having briefly discussed their and our schedules, I believe it is safe to assume that we will have another Recital by Candlelight in the spring 2014.