Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Piano Recital

We had our annual piano recital this past Friday. It was nice - and short. In comparison with previous years, that have seen 3hours or longer recital, this recital was just over an hour.

Samantha and Michael did great. They had difficult pieces for their level, so I found myself gritting my teeth and holding my breath, hoping that they didn't mess up. Not that I cared if they messed up, but they often lose their focus if they mess up and then can't get back into gear.

After the recital, their piano teacher presented some awards. Samantha and Michael were 2 of only 5 kids in this recital that completed the 200 club - practicing 200 minutes each week since January. That is often a difficult task to accomplish, but we did it. Samantha also passed 7 books this year, 2nd place for all of her students in number of books passed. Miss Turner then gave out some special awards, and Michael earned the "Highest Achievement" award and Samantha the "Most Advanced" award. There weren't many awards given, so I was quite pleased that they earned these. Finally I feel like all my nagging has paid off!

Anyway, I have included some videos of their songs at the recital. Lighting isn't great but you can hear their songs clearly.

Samantha - "Whispering Hope"

Samantha - Spinning Song

Samantha and Michael's duet - O Store Gud

Michael - Rock of Ages

Michael - Solfeggietto


Jacque said...

Wonderful performances. So glad we could share through your blog.Their advancement is evident and their posture lovely. We also are proud of their accomplishments, not just in piano but sports, martial arts, and dancing. Michael is fast becoming another Renaissance Man. Michael's command of the treble music is impressive. How in the world does a lefty do that!

Mel said...

Such a proud Mommy moment. That sound great!!