Making music, whether in a concert hall or a living room, is an intimate experience. On Aug. 8 and 9, I was fortunate enough to perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra and my new friend Mark Robinson conducting.
I have played in many situations and venues, but rarely have I performed for so many friends and family members people I have known since I was a child. On each night, as I walked out onstage, the usual pre-concert nerves dissolved. I was simply playing for friends in my home.
The next 30 minutes went by in a flash and I felt buoyed by the audience's energy and support. I had imagined this scene many times, but the reality was far more powerful. When the orchestra and I finished, the cheers sounded sincere and spontaneous.
To me, music is about communicating, and from my point of view, that certainly happened each night.
I would like to thank everyone who helped create wonderful music last weekend. Kudos to Mark Robinson and the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra for their dedication.
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