Even with our viewing and listening technology, there still is no substitute for seeing a performer on stage doing what they do best in one performance without remastering or rerecording. For young instrumentalists and vocalists, this is a chance to learn about stage presence, technique and to marvel at the virtuosity that can be achieved. My parents took me to classical music concerts as a fifth and sixth grader and that greatly inspired my study of piano and violin, organ and later a major in Music Education. The concerts I saw were provided by a Community Concerts Association in Ohio.
Locally we are fortunate to have such a Community Concerts group still functioning in its 58th year here in Crescent City. Pianist Angela Jia Kim is scheduled to play in Crescent Elk Auditorium this Saturday September 22 at 7:30 p.m., and is dedicated to encouraging young students of piano.
Ryan Johnson, a seventh grader from Brookings was recommended by his teacher, Mrs. Itzen, to fill Angela Kim's request to meet with a local student pianist before the concert and to present them at the opening of the concert. This concert should be on the "must go" list for parents of piano students in the area. What better beginning to encouraging another school year of lessons and practice.
I know Ryan from four years of directing the Preparatory String Orchestra in Crescent City where he is also a violinist so am eager to hear his piano skills as well.
Our Del Norte-Curry Community Concerts Association (begun in 1949) is providing five concerts this 2007-08 season, consisting of piano, guitar, woodwinds and baritone vocalist. A second piano concert (a Van Cliburn finalist) has been added as a bonus in February. These should span the interests of many of your students. Give them the gift of live performance. It is also a pretty good bargain.