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November 03, 2009

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Anne

FYI: The entire evening concert (in segments) and the afternoon workshop/concert are all up now on the White House Web site under Multimedia/Videos (do a category search for Arts and Music to substantially reduce the videos you have to browse through). For starters, here is where you can find Awadagin's Bach/Hail to the Chief performance. They don't show the President and First Lady too much but when they do, you can see Michelle really getting into the piece, nodding along, etc.:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/awadagin-pratt-performs-white-house-2-8

Chris

Bravo, by the way.

Chris

Tell them to practice, practice, practice.

Anne

Just listened on my work computer to you play for Michelle Obama, Awadagin. You were wonderful and so was the young lady student who played the Schubert with you! I'll be tuning in again tonight for the big performance.

Tammy922

funny... I can't imagine you being anything other than "Cool" ... no matter the audience.

Anne

This time you'll be Mr. Cool, Awadagin! Honestly, I'm glad the Obamas are hosting this kind of event to promote musical education.

As for the students, the best thing you can do is not worry about what to say to them. Listen to them. Let them lead you. Invite their input. That is the greatest gift we "elders" can give the young.

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EVENTS

  • Brahms 1 in Winston-Salem
    This week brings a return to one of my favorite homes away from home. I've played with this orchestra a number of times, and conducted them once. Last year I played my first Rhapsody in Blue with them, and now return for what is pretty much my favorite concerto, the titanic, volcanic Brahms 1st Piano Concerto. This piece demands the greatest level of physical, psychological, emotional resources, and stamina of any concerto. Yeah......
  • Beethoven 5th Concerto
    For the last several years, this university has hosted the Next Generation Festival, of which I'm the artistic director. They not only are renovating their music building, but have just made a purchase of a very lovely hall in Lancaster, former home of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music. I'm looking forward to seeing and playing in this space.
  • Beethoven 4th Piano Concerto
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