Last week Charity had a violin recital. It was a big deal–made bigger by the fact that her teacher had given her a completely brand new and “most advanced” song that she had ever played to perform–and only a few weeks to learn to play it!
Then the event took on really big proportions because at the last lesson before the recital, another violin teacher showed up to shadow Charity’s teacher. Charity hadn’t known anything about the new person until they were right there in her lesson (!) and the whole thing threw her off of balance. Badly. She could not play even the portions of the song she knew she knew well correctly. Her teacher was flustered, and became more flustered as his normally star student floundered and flailed around. The more flustered the atmosphere grew, and the thicker with emotional vibrations, the more Charity fumbled and stumbled. Both she and the teacher were so flustered finally that neither of them realized that a large part of some of her problems was from her E string being out of tune–and the visiting teacher had to point that out! Things REALLY got bad when the visiting teacher asked (ever so politely but still with obvious incredulity) “May I ask why you chose this particular song for her to play at the recital?”
By the time the lesson was winding up, the teacher had become so unsure of Charity’s ability to play the song at the recital that he told her to plan on playing “German Dance” as a back-up.
Charity walked out of the lesson upset and determined that she WAS going to be able to play her original recital song. And when Charity makes up her mind . . . well!
I’ll spare you all the little mini-dramas and adventures . . . but the evening of the recital we still had details to work out–such as it turning out that the pianist hadn’t had time to learn to play “La Folia” himself! So her teacher wanted her to play “German Dance” after all. Charity had thrown her whole heart into playing “La Folia” and didn’t have the edge on “German Dance” that she did on her “true recital” song! So we finally got the situation worked out when she convinced the teacher that she didn’t want or need a pianist! She ended up saving herself $10.00 in the process–and the pianist turned out to be poorly prepared for many of the songs and really did many of the students no real favors . . . except to keep attention off any mistakes the students made since we were hearing his! So she didn’t hurt herself any by skipping the accompaniment.
The only sad thing?? Paul and I were so on the edge of our seats with nervousness that we totally forgot to start videoing her, and then were so mesmerized that we further forgot till the song was almost done! Charity played her heart out, and the one mistake she made she was able to cover over so smoothly that I think most people did not realize unless they knew the song well.
I did get a photo of her AFTER the song was done.
She wore her hand embroidered Ukrainian blouse and a midnight blue or winter-shadows (hard to describe) skirt with a flower she made to go with the skirt. See flower and skirt below.
And I don’t have a picture of her shoes, but they were new for this ocasion and lovely . . . a buttery soft leather in a dull silver . . . low heeled and with a decorative swirl of the leather on the toes. Charity purchased them with her own money (a first for her). She likes the shoes and is sure she will enjoy them till they wear out. I think so too!
After the recital there were snacks and fellowship!
Charity with her teacher . . . not a good photo of him. . . .
Even though this one is goofy, it’s better overall.
And since the group of students from this area stayed till the end to help their very dearly-loved teacher clean up, we got a photo of the local students all together with their teacher! (Charity also takes her group lesson with all of these kids, plus a few more that were not in the recital, as they get their lessons from another teacher.)
It was a fun evening for all, I think, and Charity did what she set out to do–she played “La Folia” and made her teacher proud.