We've had our End of Year Concert today. My heart is filled with Grace and Gratitude.
Sitting there, listening to each student playing their solo pieces, and bathing in the warmth of sound and heart. In today's world to watch all these children playing a non digital instrument and making it sing soulfully, was a moving experience.
They played with naturalness and heart. They listened to their sound and the sound of all other performers. They were so very present in what they were doing and clearly enjoyed sharing their music with others.
After the concert they relished in friendships. The young ones ( age 3 +) played and laughed together. The older ones sat together and talked. I looked around and felt in heaven - such a treasured community of children.
And the parents ! oh, the parents. When i arrived at the venue ( i thought i came earlier to set the hall...) everything was already set. The parents prepared everything !!!
The food after the concert was deliciosisimo!!! We had a mixture of "normal" and vegan food (i would never have believed that vegan cake could taste so good !!!).
We had a very special Guest Artist who is also a mother in our studio. Patrice Arkins sang Ave Maria by Schubert. The piece that touched Shinichi Suzuki 's heart so deeply as a young man listening to Mischa Elman playing it on violin, touched our hearts so deeply sang by Patrice.
I'm reflecting on the power of music; power of community; power of love.
I feel grateful and privileged to be part of this community - my people - my tribe.
Thank you Parents. Thank you children. Thank you Shinichi Suzuki. Thank you all the masters of music who created such music. Thank you everyone and everything that enables a day like this happen.
Merry Christmas !