Ah, the recital! It went well. It was a very enjoyable way to spend Mother's Day. We're still trying to find a quick & easy way to get the video from the camera, but it will be forthcoming to those that can't wait to see adorable little children try their best to perform their practiced works in front of a live audience.
S was definitely the biggest surprise. It didn't occur to me until after I snapped a photo and was checking the camera's screen: He is so grown up now. When did that happen? This is one of his favorite shots. Since I wasn't using a flash, the slow shutter speed makes it looks like he is playing really fast. He's actually playing his "California Mountain Lion" version of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
M & J both played "Ode to Joy" on their violins with their teacher playing the piano accompaniment. I have to say that I was a bit worried hearing them practice that one at home. Since The Man usually takes them to their lessons I wasn't aware that the teacher would be accompanying them. Whew! It sounded so much better with the piano.
J had us all on the edge of our seats with his long pause during "Lightly Row." M was accompanying him on the piano for that one. J says he hopes to do better next time.
The kids' cousins, who live 1 1/2 hours away, have the same music teacher (she lives 45 minutes from each family). So, we got to enjoy their vocal, piano, and violin talents also, in addition to others.
Their next public performances will be this Sabbath at church. We're having an all-kids service where M will give the sermon, J and others will have prayer, S and others will read scripture, and A will help take up the offering. In addition, the boys will contribute to the music portion of the service. Yep. We'll take the camera for that one also.