January Newsletter

Greetings and Happy New Year!
I hope you have had a wonderful and relaxing winter break. I’m excited to resume lessons this week and to see you all. 
 
OMTA Festivals: Saturday, February 9, Baroque Festival and Saturday, March 9, OMTA District Recital. Everyone will be preparing to play on either or both festivals. Eugene District Spring Syllabus will take place the last weekend in April. As usual, I will request to host Syllabus at my studio on Sunday, April 28; please let me know if you have a conflict.
 
Parent Conferences: week of February 25- parents come in for the last 10-15 minutes of the lesson; students may participate or wait in the car. I look forward to an opportunity to meet face-to-face with you to discuss progress as well as any concerns you may have about lessons. At this meeting we will also decide on year-end event planning and Syllabus. 
 
Winter term tuition reminder (January 7- March 22 (11 weeks): ($550 for 60-minute lessons; $495 for 45-minute lessons). I am attaching my corrected studio policy for your convenience. (I originally had Winter term as 12 weeks long…)
 
Family Listening #6
As the Eugene Symphony Orchestra will play the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto on the January 24th program, we’ll begin our 2019 listening with a concerto, that is, a piece of music written to feature a solo instrument (piano, violin, guitar, etc.) and accompanied by an orchestra. Typically concertos are in three movements—fast, slow, fast.  The orchestra introduces the themes, then the soloist takes the spotlight as the themes are embellished and developed. Concertos showcase the soloist in the cadenza, an unaccompanied passage usually near the end of a movement that displays the soloist’s virtuosity and creativity, as historically, the performer would improvise the cadenza.
 
Enjoy this performance of Mozart’s Concerto in C Major, No. 21 K.467  by Yekwon Sunwoo, the gold-medalist of the 2017 Van Cliburn competition (think piano  Olympics!). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBmeRPsQozQ&t=928s

As you listen, see how many orchestral instruments your family  can identify.  Can you hear where the piano cadenza begins? The first movement ends at 13’45’’; this youTube clip includes all three movements if you have the time. Some of you may recognize these popular themes from TV shows and movies.
 
I hope to see you at the ESO concert on January 24th!