Our piano year has begun with great activity on the musical front. First, Victoria Katei, piano and organ student, pictured in center top, performed hymns and the offertory for church service at Friendswoods Friends Church in September. This was not Victoria’s first time as guest organist, however. In the past, she has accompanied congregational singing at Village-on-the-Park, Friendswood. Kudos, Victoria!
On October 15, I attended the teacher workshop given by Stephen Beus, award winning international pianist. Mr. Beus explained the usage of ornamentation in a few of Bach’s works, such as the Gigue BWV 997, as an opener for the three hour session. He then elaborated on Franz Liszt, his life and works. How fascinating to learn that certain keys for Lizst and many other composers are associated with religion, love, water, Heaven, and the Divine! For instance, Liebestraum in A-Flat Major is associated with Love and Water. On October 17, Mr. Beus played a brilliant concert for Gulf Coast Music Teachers Association, students and guests at the Clear Lake Presbyterian Church.
Holidays are on the way! Students are now preparing for the Holiday Recital to be held at Brookdale Senior Living Facility, 1310 Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas, 77546, on Sunday, December 7, 2:30 pm. Please mark the date on your calendars.
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