Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Hills are Alive

With the Sound of Music.....

No - we are not in Austria, it is NOT the 1940's and unfortunately, I cannot sing like Julie Andrews although I spent a good part of my early adulthood wishing I could and trying!

Yesterday afternoon had us at the Geigenbau Atelier (Violin maker/restoration studio) once again. Kendra will be in 4th grade next year and had to choose a band or orchestra instrument. She will stick with the piano as well but LOOK: Cutest little cellist you've ever seen, Right? Right? OK - I'm looking thru a mother's eyes. She's very excited and the teacher we've been put in touch with seems very energetic and will expect some serious work. Kendra is eager to begin. The teacher even went along to help choose the instrument - she had definite opinions and personally, I was glad as I know nothing, nothing about the cello. Other than I like it's sound and I'm really glad she selected it.

On Sunday night, there was another cello in the house. Along with a Double bass and two violins.
We had a final farewell concert and dinner at our place for the Quartet that Rachel's been playing in since October. We only wish the rain had stopped for the planned barbeque/concert/swim party for 20 people.

The Quartet was self-formed - the original 4 (Rachel's friend moved so R took her spot) thought it would be great to play together and convinced the school Music teacher to coach them. He approached this group with the idea of sight-reading as a group each week - something different than his approach with the regular school orchestra and their private lessons. They played a lot of fun music - predominantly movie scores - and we were treated to a piece the had only recieved music for last Wednesday and we were all impressed with their improvement and ability as compared to the first of the year.

This particular clip focuses more on Rachel as this was for family. Not the whole song as my card filled up and camera stopped before the ending :(. Sorry, can't remember the title of the song/composer and Rachel's music is ?...... Hope you enjoy:


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6 comments:

Susan said...

As you know, I'm partial to the cello - and Kendra's looks wonderful! The clip of Rachel sounds great -- well done! (Sorry about the rain, Sunday. Where did summer go?)

Anonymous said...

That was wonderful! Beautiful sound and so perfect playing, the entire group. Ha you should spotlight close up on the super Star. Thank you for sharing. AntSoozie

MOM E said...

Loved the music and the commitment of these young people to venture out on their own. Rach is doing great! Funny thing...we marvel at how much she has grown, amidst her peers...she's still our "little" Rach.

Olson Family said...

Haha - Considering most of Rachel's peers now tower over me, yes, she will still be 'little' Rachel. They all hit growth spurts this year and are quite pleased to be taller than at least one adult.

Judy said...

How lovely! Isn't it great to see kids take an interest in music? I still burst with pride when I hear my son play the guitar and my daughter play the piano.

Katherine said...

Beautiful! Thank you for letting us listen! Amazing!