Saturday, January 14, 2012

Events: Week of Jan. 22 - 28

Pianist Helen Marlais and her husband, concert clarinetist Arthur Campbell, will present a recital for the Florida College Life Enrichment Series in Puckett Auditorium.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Events: Jan.8 - 14

Friday, Jan. 13, 8:00 pm
Guest Artist Recital: USAF Ceremonial Brass
Concert Hall, USF
Free Admission
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Sunday, Jan 15, 4:00 pm
Steinway Piano Series: Paul Orgel
Barness Recital Hall, USF
Advance :  ($6 with coupon) $8/$12 Day of Performance : $10/$15 
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Another "My Next Big Piece" :o)

Yet another piece I discovered at the Colson Guest House in a book of easy piano solo favorites:

WOW!  I love the glorious, victorious dynamism of this piece! It is nicknamed "Heroic."

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Events: Jan.15 - 21: NOTICE: Masterclass - Pre-registration by Jan. 7

An FMTA special event for teachers, students, and their parents featuring
of the most prolific authors
in the
field of educational piano books.

Pre-registration by Jan. 7.  More info here.

Dr. Helen Marlais!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Events: Week of Jan. 7- 14

Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair - a traditional Celtic piece for learning and teaching by ear sung by one of my favorite singers.  I discovered this piece on the second leg of our honeymoon when Shane and I stayed at the Colson guesthouse in Lansdowne, VA.  You can just see the digital grand  piano I played on sometimeswhile he was working at the Prison Fellowship headquarters(delighting the most delightful house hosts):

Christmas Quotes from Hope Lodge Concert

From the program of a small Christmas concert I played in for recovering patients of Moffit Cancer Center. 

Somehow, not only for Christmas, But all the long year through, the joy that you give to others, is the joy that comes back to you. And the more you spend in blessing, the poor and lonely and sad, the more of your heart's possessing, returns to you glad.
-- John Greenleaf Whittier

The earth has grown old with its burden of care
But at Christmas it always is young,
The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair
And its soul full of music breaks the air,
When the song of angels is sung.”
– Phillips Brooks

Schroeder: This is the music I've selected for the Christmas play.
[Schroeder plays Fur Elise]
Lucy Van Pelt: What kind of Christmas music is *that*?
Schroeder: Beethoven Christmas music.
Lucy Van Pelt: What has Beethoven got to do with Christmas? Everyone talks about how "great" Beethoven was. Beethoven wasn't so great.
[Schroeder stops playing]
Schroeder: What do you mean Beethoven wasn't so great?
Lucy Van Pelt: He never got his picture on bubblegum cards, did he? Have you ever seen his picture on a bubblegum card? Hmmm? How can you say someone is great who's never had his picture on bubblegum cards?
Schroeder: Good grief.

Grinch: Blast this Christmas music! It's joyful and triumphant.
“It is in the old Christmas carols, hymns, and traditions—those which date from the Middle Ages—that we find not only what makes Christmas poetic and soothing and stately, but first and foremost what makes Christmas exciting. The exciting quality of Christmas rests on an ancient and admitted paradox. It rests upon the paradox that the power and center of the whole universe may be found in some seemingly small matter, that the stars in their courses may move like a moving wheel around the neglected outhouse of an inn.” G. K. Chesterton

"There is something about saying, 'We always do this,' which helps keep the years together. Time is such an elusive thing that if we keep on meaning to do something interesting, but never do it, year would follow year with no special thoughtfulness being expressed in making gifts, surprises, charming table settings, and familiar, favorite food. Tradition is a good gift intended to guard the best gifts." Edith Schaeffer (1916-)