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Re: Hosting your own piano recital? [Re: currawong] #1301783
11/08/09 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by currawong
... it's worth remembering when you're having one of those days when you feel you haven't achieved anything and time's running out to do anything much about it.

And whippen boy, I'm glad you're back. I missed you!

And that's worth remembering too, on one of 'those' days... The feeling is mutual. smile

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Re: Hosting your own piano recital? [Re: currawong] #1301788
11/08/09 09:47 PM
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With my student recitals I often had adults--over 18 and some doctors, dentists, lawyers, etc--who genuinely wanted to play and they were often at varying stages of development. I mixed the kids in with the adults and the audiences seemed to enjoy all of them.

I only hosted one for myself. I had given a program at Hilton Head for the music association there tho I was in Beaufort and had not advertised that I was playing. A few from Beaufort found out about it and came. Later I was asked by a number of people who had missed it if I would do it in Beaufort for them. I decided to make it cost them!

The CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association) was needing some funds so I sent invitations to those who had asked--30--and had a friend attend to the punch, wine, and goodies for after. It was in my home on my new Estonia concert grand and I collected $300 for the charity. It went well.

So, I think, if you need to perform for the experience or just for the satifaction of of allowing others to hear and possibly to rate your playing then do it! smile

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Re: Hosting your own piano recital? [Re: Varcon] #1301888
11/09/09 01:42 AM
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Yes, I think your own home is preferable if that's a possibility for you. Among other advantages, you'll be playing on the piano you know the best, and not having to get used to one you've never played on.

And I agree it's a good idea to talk a little between pieces. Make sure you make eye contact with the audience -- it helps with the nerves. Try to be relaxed and funny in your remarks.

I also agree that you shouldn't try to learn new pieces, once you've decided on a date for the recital. I always figure it takes at least as much practice time to "polish" a piece as it does to learn the notes.

My only other suggestion is, keep the program short. Even an hour might be too much. Just do a few of your best pieces, then take a bow and bring out the refreshments.

"Always leave them wanting more" is a tried and true showbiz adage.

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