After a long break Mandolin Vision is back with some wonderful news!
On Sunday, May 18th, after two semesters of Cello Fun Instruction (which included both a lot of fun and a lot of practice that happened to be part of the fun), Troy had his first cello recital!
While we were getting ready for the recital, as Troy's cello coach-parent, I had to focus not only on rehearsing his repertoire, but also on prepping him emotionally for all kinds of unexpected situations: slips, mistakes, etc. If you ever studied music you know that every music student has to know how to deal with those.
Keeping in mind how much respect my son has for his two role-model performers "Ms. Joyce" and "Mr. Juan Diego", I recited (in my own words) what Joyce had said about messing up onstage in this wonderful message to young music students.
Troy got it.
He loved it.
Joyce certainly knows how to get through to her young colleagues.
During his cello class the day before his recital, Troy's teacher told him that if he made a mistake at the recital, he should not stop, but keep going no matter what. Troy gave her a huge smile and said:" Yeah, just like Ms. Joyce said!"
along with strawberry and cream cupcakes as a refreshment
and this card
which Troy also chose himself. Later that same day Troy dictated to me what he wanted to write in it, including the “I love my cello” part inside the heart that he had drawn himself.
(The best and funniest thing about the heart message was that the first song on the program that the cellists were supposed to play was called I Love My Cello.)
The recital for young cellists and violinists took place in a small auditorium in one of Peabody affiliates – a perfect fit for a private event that it was.
Both the songs included singing. So as soon as the kids onstage started singing, a lot of singing was heard from the grown-up part of the audience - both the cello coach-parents and the violin coach-parents chimed in to show their support to the young musicians. It was a very touching and very uniting moment.
Then it was time for the solos.
Troy’s solo, his favorite King of the Castle, was the first on the program. He was ready to play it with a bow, but his teacher forgot about it and told him to do pizzicato. He did – and very well, but kept looking at me with I-don't-understand-what-is-going-on eyes.
When it comes to music Troy is really ambitious. He wanted to show how much he had learned and how he could play with a bow.
So I asked Troy’s teacher if he could do the King of the Castle again with a bow and of course, she said "yes". So after the other three cellists were done with their solos, Troy’s teacher announced that Troy would be playing another version of King of the Castle.
He was very calm and kept cool throughout the whole performance.
Even when for a mere second his bow slipped from the D string to the A string, ("just like Ms. Joyce said!") he kept going with so much confidence that no one in the audience noticed it, especially because the following line had to have that A in it.
The audience gave Troy a big applause and cheered for him. String students and their parents are a very supportive crowd. At the post-recital reception several parents actually walked up to Troy to shake his hand and tell him how great he did.
He felt very special and very happy.
Thinking back about the wonderful afternoon that in our family will always be remembered as the day of Troy's first cello recital, I go back to that very special moment when Troy just came off the stage, sat down next to us, buried his smiling face in his hands and said: "This is what I always wanted - to be in a real concert, on a real stage! And now I was! I am so happy!"
Troy's cello classes continue until the end of June. According to his teacher, Troy's 1/10 cello has gotten too small for him and has to be exchanged for 1/8! One more exciting thing to look forward to!