Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kinsley S. Ard Memorial Talent Show

Last Friday, March 28, 2014, the 6th Annual Kinsley S. Ard Memorial Talent show was held at Milton J. Weinberg Theater, Weirton High, Weirton, WV. Our daughter's piano teacher encouraged our daughter to join the said talent show. Our daughter has never joined any talent show, since she only started taking lessons in January 2013. We gave it a try and sent her application. There was a sign up fee of $15 for every participant.  Prior to the competition, we told our daughter that it  is okay if she don't win, the most important part is  she will get to experience it.

This event was  spearheaded by the Parent Group of the Weir Middle School  in honor of a late student, Kinsley Savannah Ard who died years ago.  
Our daughter was anxious going to this talent show because she did not have any experience but we told her to just enjoy it.  I must admit that I was more  nervous than her lol.  There were three judges and there were three categories Elementary (K-4), Middle School (5-8), and High School (9-12).  Daughter was on the first category.  
She competed  against 10 other acts in Elementary  category. Four of them  played piano, some sung songs, and other danced.  Two winners were piano players and one was a broadway singer.  No dance acts won.  
There  was an entrance fee of $5 for adults and $3 for kids.  There were also raffle prizes during the duration of the show.  They sold tickets  inside the  theatre.  The proceeds  of this event goes to the Weir Middle School.  I am glad that my daughter  have participated  and  became a big part of this good cause.  I think that the event was a huge success, lots of people came to watch which  means that  lots of fund was collected.  
They gave out $675 worth of cash prize to the  winners:

  • 1st  place's prize is $100
  •  2nd Place's Prize is $75
  •  3rd place  received $50 each.

When the head judge   explained the mechanics, she said that the  crowd  will serve as the  4th judge.  Hubby and I looked at each other and said "Well, her chance of winning is very slim because  we  don't know anyone in there" lol.  Our daughter was the underdog so when they announced that she won the first prize, we were actually shocked.
Each contestant  was judged according to  quality of performance, presentation, length of act (2 minutes) and over all impression.  
I think what helped our daughter was the fact that she played without  music sheet and that she confidently played her piece.  When she played the crowd was very silent.  I wasn't sure if they were drawn to her  act or they just did not dig her performance.  But I guess, she captured the audience as she got applauded after her act.
It was nerve wracking when they  were announcing the winner.  When they call the 3rd and 2nd place winners, hubby and I thought that our daughter won't place at all so just imagine  what we felt when  the judge announced that she won the first place, I was like  yohoooo.  
So yeah, she was so thrilled.  This is her first experience and she finished  with victory.  Look how overjoyed  her face is lol.
Of course, the whole family has to share to her  victory so we took a  family picture with victorious smile, wink.  Sorry if my post may sound like too much bragging but I can't contain my happiness inside, I have to share it!  This win will help  boost her confidence to  the next level.
Here is her piece that I recorded.  I missed the first part because I had to switch my camera from  taking photo to video recording.    She was going to play Beethoven's Fur Elise but decided to play The Hunters as suggested by her Piano  teacher.  

I hope you enjoy watching.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Beethoven's Für Elise

One of my favorite piano music is Beethoven's  Für Elise. My daughter learned this by herself. It is not the whole song but just part if it.   Kindly watch, it's under  1 and 1/2 minutes so it won't take long.  Your comment will be greatly appreciated. 

According to Wikipedia:
  The score of Für Elise was not published until 1867, 40 years after the composer's death in 1827. The discoverer of the piece, Ludwig Nohl, affirmed that the original autographed manuscript, now lost, was dated 27 April 1810.
  • The version of "Für Elise" we hear today is an earlier version that was transcribed by Ludwig Nohl. 
  • There is a later version, with drastic changes to the accompaniment which was transcribed from a later manuscript by Barry Cooper. 
  • The most notable difference is in the first theme, the left-hand arpeggios are delayed by a 16th note beat. 
  • There are a few extra bars in the transitional section into the B section; and finally, the rising A minor arpeggio figure is moved later into the piece. 
  • The tempo marking Poco moto is believed to have been on the manuscript that Ludwig Nohl transcribed (now lost). 
  • The later version includes the marking Molto grazioso. It is believed that Beethoven intended to add the piece to a cycle of bagatelles. 
Therese Malfatti, widely believed to be the dedicatee of "Für Elise" 
  • The pianist and musicologist Luca Chiantore (es) argued in his thesis and his 2010 book Beethoven al piano that Beethoven might not have been the person who gave the piece the form that we know today. 
  • Chiantore suggested that the original signed manuscript, upon which Ludwig Nohl claimed to base his transcription, may never have existed. 
  • On the other hand, the musicologist Barry Cooper stated, in a 1984 essay in The Musical Times, that one of two surviving sketches closely resembles the published version.

You can find out more about Fur Elise by visiting this linkür_Elise

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Piano iPod Case

We searched and search for piano casing for Ms. Burrito's iPod at the mall but we never found one. We looked onlline and found one on eBay so we ordered it. I tried to convince my daughter to just get a girly design kind of casing for her iPod but she didn't like any. She was so fixed on getting a piano casing so that's what we did.
The seller of this  casing is from China so the shipping is  not very budget friendly lol.  But for my daughter's happiness and satisfaction, we bought it.  As long as we can afford it, we will always go for it but if not, then a serious talk is needed.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Singers and Songwriters from Starvista

Hubby and I are both music lovers. We love to listen to songs that we both like. The only genre that I am not of but he does is the rock music, I am not just into it. Anyway, I asked him what he wanted for his birthday and he said that he would like a collection of old songs from Star Vista so that's what I got for him. It cost a nit much for what I have budgeted it for but I think it is worth it since we can both enjoy listening to them.
I got him the deluxe set  which is composed of 246 songs in 19 CDs.  It cost $287.88 with free shipping.  It is a mixed of classic, rock, pop from the  70s.
This have the unforgettable songs from a generation of young artists who weren’t afraid to express their souls and sing from the heart.  The 1970s brought a new sound with personal lyrics, sweet harmonies and acoustic guitars. These artists shared their emotions and experiences and touched our lives. The artists  includes :
  • Jim Croce
  • John Denver
  • Elton John
  • Carole King
  • Eric Clapton
  • Carly Simon
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • James Taylor
  • Paul Simon

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