On Saturday August 1 Flourishing Muse is holding its first Zoom concert, the Virtual Summer Soiree. I hope many of you can be part of the audience. I hold Soirees to let students see and hear their colleagues play and I always find this inspires students to practice more, share more and often find pieces they would like to learn. I also know that family and friends love to hear not only their student but others playing pieces they have learned and practiced.
I would not be doing this without my daughter Rosemary Ham. Rose is an event manager based in the UK and she has offered to host my concert and in fact has an intern who will assist on the call and a graphic designer who has designed the program and other communications. The program is visually a step up from my usual effort! Rose has had to move her lectures online and even some of her events she manages are now virtual. I have to say she is amazing! Here she is:
Rose will be sending out audience invitations to my students and parents and also instructions to the performers. She would like to do a tech check with performers next Tuesday either 10-11 am or 2-3 pm; there’s 5 hours time difference between here at the UK so I hope performers can accommodate those times. Let her know if not.
My ex-student and now good friend and colleague, Chelsea Daniel, will be playing in the concert and two of her students will also play. The pandemic cut short her studies at Butler School of Music and she had to finish online so she started teaching and now has a small studio! She will play the Florence Price Fantasie Negre which is really beautiful but it is longer than other pieces in the concert so be prepared. I really want my students to see her play and watch her hand movements and hear how she put passion into the music.
Thanks to everyone who has continued learning music with me. Sorry this concert is for just piano but I will organize further concerts for other performers, string players and singers.
Be cool and stay healthy!