Last night was a gorgeous summer night ... the perfect setting for our outdoor concert in front of Town Hall. The audience was seated on the front lawn which added an old-fashioned, home town, relaxed and festive atmosphere. Exciting, friendly, summery and happy. It was also the first time I'd ever played my cello outdoors.
While overcoming a few obstacles such as the clock tower chiming, a commuter train whistle blowing, and fireworks booming in the next town, we managed to get through our well-chosen program of patriotic music and show tunes. We led off with the Star Spangled Banner
. Maestro recycled three pieces from our spring concert, The Liberty Bell March, Tritsch Tratsch Polka
and Girl from Ipanema
, and added Manhattan Beach March, American Patrol,
and America the Beautiful
to the patriotic repertoire. We played a medley with selections from "Annie" and another of selected Broadway tunes. We made it through The Glow Worm
with all of its tempo and meter changes, repeats and coda. Best of all, I just loved playing Night and Day
because I could really hear my part blending with the melody (one of my all-time favorites). My sister commented that she wanted to get up and dance to it, so it must have sounded good to the audience too. My son, daughter, brother-in-law and niece (who took photos) were also in the audience, and of course my husband was playing trombone.
After the concert the "core four" (family) went to the local diner for ice cream. It's always a noteworthy event when it's just the four of us again, since the kids are now age 29 and 37.
Today all were present here for a 4th of July BBQ. More fun to follow tomorrow. (wedding rehearsal and dinner)
Hoping to post some pictures of the concert soon, as well as some of my daughter's wedding which is this coming Saturday.
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