Archive for May 2011

2011 Spring Recital

The kids had their 2011 Spring Recital at a local music store. The action on the recital hall piano was much stiffer than the kids are used to so they had a hard time with it even though this recital they were probably better prepared than most. They didn’t want me to post these videos because of all the mistakes they made in the recital but I figured it’s fun to look back and see how they progress in ability over the years. It also shows you that you need to prepare for the type of piano that you’ll be playing on – practice makes perfect.

First up is Miss Caroline. She is playing Rage Over a Lost Penny by Beethoven and Sea Mist by Bastien. I remember playing Sea Mist at a recital when I was a kid taking piano lesson. It brings back the memories and stirs my emotions to hear Caroline play it. “Is this the little girl I carried, sunrise, sunset, all of that stuff…”

Emily was next. She played the 2nd movement (Adagio Cantabile) from Beethoven’s Sonata number 8 (Sonata Pathétique) and the Dances with Wolves Medley by John Barry, arranged by Lori Line.

Anne played Chopin’s Polonaise in A Major followed by Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.1, Op.2 No.1, 1st Movement (Allegro)

Sam’s Patton Book Report

Sam had to read a biography and do a book report on it for school. Fascinated by anything related to the military, he choose a biography on General Patton. Part of the book report requirements were to make a poster related to the book. Although not blessed with the drawing talent that his sister has, I thought Sam did a pretty good job for a third grader.

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Sam, as Patton

I’m not sure if cutting out the head hole so he could pose as Patton was a requirement or if Sam just did that on his own, but I thought it was a pretty clever idea. The kids all had a fun time taking pictures with Sam’s Patton poster.

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Posing with Patton