This is a "grandparents' post" . . . one of those posts of most interest to grandparents and other close relatives!
John (8) and Mary (6) have been preparing to play at the National Federation of Music for the first time and their dates are coming up in one and in three weeks. Apparently, nobody is allowed in the judging room except the judges, student, and accompanist, so I will sit in the hallway wondering how it is going and I certainly won't videotape the children.
Last night, the children played in a recital their Federation songs.
Mary played Suzuki's "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" Variation A on violin.
Mary played Suzuki's "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" Theme on violin.
Mary played "Lightly Row" on violin.
Mary played "Chimichanga Cha Cha" on piano.
Just 24 hours in advance of recital, Mary's piano teacher decided that her second piano piece wasn't ready for performance and wouldn't be ready in time for Federation. So Mary played a song from her last recital: "Jingle Bells." It remains to be seen if she'll quickly learn another song for Federation or play this one.
John played "Indian Dance" on piano.
John played "Pyramid Power" on piano.
One disappointment at this recital--which was very lengthy with 26 performers and lasting 90 minutes--was the rude behavior of a significant number of parents. The recital began at 6:30 and the teachers begin promptly. I noticed there were 26 performers scheduled and only about four families present. The rest of those families arrived between 6:30 and 7:00, just barging into the room, walking right past the performers within one or two feet of them, crossing between them and the audience. I was particularly sensitive because the performers are arranged mostly by age, youngest first, making my Mary the very first player (and most interrupted) and my John the third player. How challenging to expect such young performers to remain concentrating because adults couldn't bother to arrive fifteen minutes early! To add salt to the wound, the door to the studio is made of glass, so people can see and hear easily that someone is performing and could choose to wait to enter until between pieces . . . but they did not do so.
I noted that the late parents were those parents of performers playing late in the event: the advanced performers. Somehow I imagine they would have been livid if I'd let my little children get up, wander around, and distract their precious babies during performance! I say this only knowing the basics (being new to the music scene) but I hope that the other parents will receive some training in recital etiquette.