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Monday, March 21, 2016

Flute Recital And Harpsichordist Extraordinaire

Aloha Everyone,

Children's music recitals are for parents, grandparents and extended family members. Yesterday, J.J. and I joined our son and daughter-in-law to listen to our granddaughter's flute recital. This is her second recital and I am happy to say that J.J. and I have been able to attend both of them.

"Serenade" by V, Herbert was the music she performed, accompanied by Irina Bessinova, a Russian born professional pianist. The piece, according to my iPhone recording was 2 minutes 5 seconds. In my non-flutist opinion, she played beautifully but then, I am biased...

Unexpected treat was the guest performer, Diane Snodgrass, harpsichordist extraordinaire. She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. But in addition to being an accomplished performer, Duane is also a great communicator. With a small portable electronic instrument, Duane explained and demonstrated the harpsichord. Her young audience was delighted and mesmerized. For rest of us, it was informative and entertaining. Diane's performance was a little bit like a "show and tell" but with the definite touch of late Victor Borge, a Danish comedian and an accomplished pianist.

Our granddaughter is on her spring break. This morning the 5 of us left on our first road trip together in Honu. Tomorrow, we will arrive at our destination -- Zion National Park.

Aloha -- Cathi