Monday, March 8, 2010

Still on a high

As I type this I'm listening to a recording of Saturday night's performance of the Rockbridge Community Symphony Orchestra.  Two nights ago many of our friends turned out to hear and watch James perform the first movement of Schumann's Piano Concerto In A Minor.  He's been practicing for 5 months for this and I don't think there was a person there who wasn't wowed.  As he walked out on stage the audience applauded.  I felt like I was going to have a heart attack.  I was so nervous and excited for him.  This was his first time ever to perform with an orchestra.  All I can say is he was awesome.  And I'm not just saying that so he'll let me buy more goats.  Truly, it was incredible.  When I finally got my camera recording (the batteries were dead so I missed the opening notes) the camera was shaking to the beat of my heart.  I also recorded it on a small recorder and have now burned it on CD.  I've already listened to it at least 4 times.  After the final notes rang out many in the audience stood, screamed and applauded enthusiastically.  James took his bows and my chest was about to burst with pride.  I hugged anyone close to me.  I'm sure I caught a few people off guard.  They're probably talking about me today.  The rest of the concert was a blur to me.  I just wanted to talk to James to see what he was feeling.  He was his humble self.  I think I wanted to talk about it more than he did.  He said to me, "I should do this more often.  You like me better".  I think he should.

I was hoping to post a link to Youtube with the performance but it's 4 minutes too long and I'm having a hard time figuring out how to work Window's Movie Maker to split the movie in 2.  Can anyone help?  Hopefully I'll have the clip on here soon.


  1. Please find a way, I am dying to hear it. When Jon first told me that he stayed with people who had a baby grand in their cabin, I was amazed. I love to play piano, but I am only small potatoes, no where near a concert pianist!!

    SO please find a youtube way to do it.

    Hooray!! I loved your description as being a wife and an audience member.


    Charlene Schwenk

    PS Slight possibility for Jon attending Virginia Tech in August! ;*)

  2. Mary Pannabecker SteinerMarch 8, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Karen -- Lindsay might be able to help. I'll tell her to read the blog and see if she can. If not, will you PLEASE send a copy of the CD home with Mother so we can enjoy it. I feel so sorry -- and guilty -- that I couldn't be there. But I was proud as punch and told so many people they were probably sick of me. Love you, Mary