Friday, April 2, 2010

Music In My Soul

Music is a big part of our lives. Ash plays piano and flute, and took violin lessons in her younger days. She was first chair flutist in three different youth orchestras. Lys plays piano and guitar (both electric and her dad's old acoustic), and played clarinet in youth orchestra. She was even in hand bells one semester. She also has a nice singing voice. As for me, I took a few guitar lessons when I was young, but mainly have stayed with piano over the years.

Music brings us together -- we appreciate all kinds of music. So last Sunday we went to hear the Santa Cruz County Symphony perform their Romantic Rhapsodies concert. It consisted of three beautiful selections:

Adagio for Strings by Barber
Violin Concerto by Tchaikovsky
Third Symphony "Scottish" by Mendelssohn

We were treated to the talent of Tessa Lark, a young concert violinist who played her solos to perfection! It amazes me when someone so young has such amazing talent. I liken her to an Olympic athlete -- many are good, some great, but a few select are beyond measure. The program noted:

2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great American composer, Samuel Barber. We feature our string section in his moving “Adagio for Strings.” The emotionalism continues with Klein composition winner, Tessa Lark, in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The concert concludes with Mendelssohn’s melodious Third Symphony, “Scottish.”

Scroll down and hit the pause button (it looks like double ll) on my auto playlist on the right menu of my blog. Then come back and hit the play arrow to enjoy the beautiful Adagio for Strings here:

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Close your eyes, let the peace and beauty fill your soul. This is life.

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