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Having had a couple of days to reflect on my performances at the Hevelone Performing Arts Center at the Beatrice High School, I’ve come to the following conclusion: 10th-12th graders are a challenging audience with whom to connect but there is still hope for the future of classical music. After my performance for band members and other interested parties, I invited students to come up and take a closer look at the piano.
I was approached by a young man who started asking me questions. I was immediately impressed with his ability to articulate his thoughts. I was also impressed with his awareness of the world around him. I think this young man’s future is bright and I know now that there will be at least one supporter of the arts in the future!
My evening performance at the Hevelone Center was well-attended, mostly by community members. They were an enthusiastic crowd, perhaps because the first entry on their iPod wasn’t NineInchNails? Following the performance, I spoke with several people, all of whom were musicians. I was honored that they shared their personal stories with me–one of the many reasons public performance is so important to me.
I get to meet interesting people from all walks of life whose experiences are fascinating and even touching. Kind of like a “small eye on America”!
This “Piano-in-Tow” double presentation received a nice write-up in the Beatrice Daily Sun.
And finally, in Penny’s and my never-ending quest for a good cup of Joe, we discovered a nice coffee shop near downtown Beatrice!
It it’s Monday, it will be Columbus Middle School in Columbus, Nebraska.
I don’t remember what 8 hours of sleep feels like anymore. “Why?” you ask? It’s called “Piano-in-Tow“. I have spent more time on the phone, writing emails, practicing, making lists and whatever else I can think of in preparation for “PiT”. In10 days, 1hour, 57 minutes and 1 second Penny (my trusted adviser, road manager and confidante) and I will hit the road. First stop, Schuyler, NE where a group of 6th graders will be anticipating my arrival with a large grand piano.
Penny and I spent some time today decorating the backside of cardboard that will support my music–a couple of girls with magic markers, a box cutter, several feline assistants and lots of coffee. A potentially very scary scene.
Then there is my father who comes into my parents’ kitchen yesterday sporting a “Piano-in-Tow” t-shirt. May I say adorable?
I am going to play a run-through for a handful of piano students at UNL next Thursday. It will be much easier to keep their attention than a roomful of teenagers…
I finally cleaned the grime off of the Yamaha’s keys today. At least 10 years’ worth of it…
So, everyone, keep your fingers crossed that I don’t break a piano string between here and Petersburg, NE…