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#1174609 - 04/04/09 09:23 PM Re: Piano Recitals [color:#006600][i][b]NEVER[ bore me [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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John,

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#1174610 - 04/04/09 09:26 PM Re: Piano Recitals [color:#006600][i][b]NEVER[ bore me [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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One idea no one has mentioned yet is a costume recital. This idea came from a commenter here a few years ago. I do this every year for my ensemble recital. The students love it! I thought parents might find it a bit too silly, but as long as the costumes are very simple, they're always perfectly happy.

Most years, I also do an outdoor Christmas in July recital. Many students like this performance opportunity best because they can wear whatever they want. And even the older teens enjoy the special visit from a bermuda-shorts-and-sunglasses-wearing Santa.

These are fun, but I also strongly believe in a formal, dress-up recital at least once a year. But formal doesn't have to mean stuffy or boring.

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#1174678 - 04/05/09 12:28 AM Re: Piano Recitals [color:#006600][i][b]NEVER[ bore me [Re: ClaraSchumann]
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For printing, there's a Topic Options button at the top of the thread. One of the options is "print topic" - it will give you a preview that you can then print with the (what looks to me like a kleenex box but is the) printer icon on your computer smile

Rich - the e-mail option is really clever.

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#1174690 - 04/05/09 01:07 AM Re: Piano Recitals [color:#006600][i][b]NEVER[ bore me [Re: lotuscrystal]
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Originally Posted By: lotuscrystal
Rebekah:

I used to have these massive piano recitals, where I'd rent out city halls...you know the ones, that go on for 3 hours and that's just the performances!..and then there are photos and food after!

Never again...I tried something out last year and it went down a treat with everyone, so I'm doing it this year and probably forever.

I have 2 recitals per term, that's 8 per year. Sounds exhausting but it's not...it's easier than throwing a dinner party for mates.

As I live in a big house and I teach out of my lounge room (living room for you Northerners) which is my version of a very small concert hall (12ft high ceilings, size being, 11 by 9 metres), I hold the recitals there. I have 'themed' recitals...various ages, levels, composers, etc...For example, in May, I'm having a recital containing only the piano music of Yiruma, a South Korean composer who many of my students love. In June, I'm having a recital for '10years and under' piano students. In August, I'm having a 'Young Virtuouso' recital for my advanced and dedicated students. You get the idea.

Only 10 students max, are 'invited' to perform at any one recital, and I do stress 'invited' to all, as I like the students and parents to believe that it is a privelege to perform and not a strenuous labour to do so or to attend (every student gets at least one 'invite' per year, many, two or more) Therefore, total playing time lasts no more than 40 minutes (often, less time)...And after the piano playing, everyone moves into another room and we have a bit of a party...wine, soft drinks and food...where everyone is able to chat intimately and get to know each other, rather than feeling overwhelmed by mass crowds...this, I've witnessed has resulted in many friendships amongst the students and the parents. The whole recital is over in just over an hour. It's been a winner amongst everyone. It's not so much a recital as it is a 'piano soiree'. People like the idea...It's kind of an 'old world' concept and works really well today.



Great ideas everyone! Betty, I was initially reffering to solo recitals and that itself was laborious to me as many people in the audience would look away or somewhere else, I did enquire about student recitals though as it was interesting to me to see how teachers responded to recitals.

Lotus, the city hall thing sounds familiar. I would agree that its not really that tricky to organise piano recitals oppossed to dinner with your mates. Many piano teachers I know confess that you work with the student before the recital but when it comes you just leave them on stage and relax, there is no need to chase ensemble members, nor is there a need to worry about a sound system set up.

Thanks for your home recital ideas its had me thinking now ...

I think the idea of theming it is fun, thats happened in the past but some people have complained of not being 'comfy.'

These ideas are great as I am planning a quartet recital in a month's time, only this time I am planning to have it with a pianist /accompanist, a flautist and 2 vocalists. (4 people performing but a singer is doubling as a pianist). (10 - 15 audience members) I was thinking of a small setting (in my house) with really comfy seats (the couch and people lying on the rug - with cushions on the rug). I was thinking dim lights to make it atmospheric amd candles (one of the singers will sing the 'music of the night' aria from phantom. Also having cocktail food passed around as the performances go on or maybe afterwards when people mingle, I might not bother with a program as its really informal. The emceeing style I hope to achieve is something with wit but at the same time informative, little anecdotes here and there of bloopers during recital or other silly (yet related) instances. Any crticisms? Or comments? I'm always interested to improve the recital set up so the audience will get maximum enjoyment.
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#1174778 - 04/05/09 09:07 AM Re: Piano Recitals [color:#006600][i][b]NEVER[ bore me [Re: DragonPianoPlayer]
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Originally Posted By: DragonPianoPlayer
John,

Select "Email Post," enter your email address, and select "Entire Thread." You will receive an email version of the entire thread.

Rich


Thanks, Rich. Just what I was looking for. A bit oblique, but what works, works!
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#1174831 - 04/05/09 10:56 AM Re: Piano Recitals [color:#006600][i][b]NEVER[ bore me [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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I have found this thread interesting and am only jumping in to strongly refute the contention proposed by Galex and seconded by Kreisler, that surgeons should find their work boring simply because they do a lot of it.
I cannot speak for a general surgeon performing an appendicectomy, since I am not a general surgeon and I have never performed an appendicectomy – interestingly Mrs W once did when she was a junior doctor, the appendix was normal, because it transpired the patient (a prisoner) had been faking his symptoms to get admitted to hospital from where it had apparently been planned that his accomplices would spring him to freedom.
Unluckily for the prisoner he had faked his symptoms too well, and Mrs W, only a few months out of medical school, got to him before his fellow felons could. He certainly wasn’t going anywhere once she’d been let loose on his appendix. Anyway like Mr Brook with his infernal printing, I digress.
In my particular field I have performed several thousand of the same operation, and have not tired of performing it yet. I have discussed this very point with colleagues (some of whom perform a great deal more of the same operation than me) and we all agree it never get’s boring. Indeed if one gets too casual about this particular procedure you start getting complications. And there’s nothing more boring than a pissed off patient who has had a poor surgical result.
Returning to pianos, and recitals in particular. Over a 40 year career, one teacher may put on perhaps 150 recitals at most – how could this possibly be considered boring on the grounds of repetition? Particularly when spread over such a long time frame. The chorus girl of a long running Broadway musical doesn’t get bored of performing a similar number of shows over a much shorter time frame, let alone the lead actor.
If a teacher considers recitals boring perhaps they shouldn’t put them on.
Personally I would rather let Mrs W loose on my appendix than have to attend a piano recital in fancy dress, or even dress the little W’s up.
Rebeccah, whilst I’m sure that you are a witty and humerous individual, I would much rather my daughters teacher didn’t do a Victor Borge at her recital. If the teacher was good at it, it would detract from the playing and take the limelight away from the real stars (my daughter!), and if, like most piano teachers, you were n’t very good at it, it would be utterly cringe making and put me off going again.
We have now had the same teacher for 6 years and I love going to my daughters teacher’s recitals. I love watching the other children perform – especially the good one’s and I love watching other peoples children progress over the years from elementary pieces to more advanced repetoire, I also thoroughly enjoy having a glass of wine provided by my teacher and nattering to other parents afterwards.
Fortunately I’ve never been called on to perform yet. I know I’d be embarrassingly hopeless!

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#1174849 - 04/05/09 11:47 AM Re: Piano Recitals [color:#006600][i][b]NEVER[ bore me [Re: jotur]
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Originally Posted By: jotur
For printing, there's a Topic Options button at the top of the thread. One of the options is "print topic" - it will give you a preview that you can then print with the (what looks to me like a kleenex box but is the) printer icon on your computer smile

Rich - the e-mail option is really clever.

Cathy


Thanks Cathy, but I wonder if it would cause problems with the server if someone printed the Chopin Thread?

Rich
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#1174905 - 04/05/09 02:06 PM Re: Piano Recitals [color:#006600][i][b]NEVER[ bore me [Re: DragonPianoPlayer]
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Originally Posted By: DragonPianoPlayer
Originally Posted By: jotur
For printing, there's a Topic Options button at the top of the thread. One of the options is "print topic" - it will give you a preview that you can then print with the (what looks to me like a kleenex box but is the) printer icon on your computer smile

Rich - the e-mail option is really clever.

Cathy


Thanks Cathy, but I wonder if it would cause problems with the server if someone printed the Chopin Thread?

Rich


laugh I don't know about the server, but one might run out of kleenex -

Cathy
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#1175154 - 04/05/09 09:30 PM Re: Piano Recitals [color:#006600][i][b]NEVER[ bore me [Re: Wombat66]
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Originally Posted By: Wombat66
.....I also thoroughly enjoy having a glass of wine provided by my teacher and nattering to other parents afterwards.


That is something I really miss about teaching in Germany - and our recitals. The local city civic center, aka Kongresshalle, not only had a fantastic Steinway C of recent vintage, you could actually imbibe a bit of wine during intermission. None of my parents complained of longer recitals, especially after a glass of bubbly.
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#1175277 - 04/06/09 02:53 AM Re: Piano Recitals [color:#006600][i][b]NEVER[ bore me [Re: JWAbacus]
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* While one little boy played the star wars theme, two other little boys did a light saber sword fight in their Jedi Costumes.

*Some of my students do puppet shows while other students accompany on the piano....Kind of like the muppet show....

*I keep the recital to no more than 60 minutes

*Some of my students improvise their piece AT the recital.

*Some of my students write their own original pieces

*I pick one student to "design" the program art-work.

*I allow them to play on the grand piano and a digital piano with interesting sounds.

I suppose my recitals can also be called shows.

Ah cha, cha, cha!
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#1179368 - 04/13/09 02:15 AM Re: Piano Recitals [color:#006600][i][b]NEVER[ bore me [Re: trillingadventurer]
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I keep my recitals not longer than 1 hour, and I make sure that each recital has a good mix of different level of playing and repertoire. Because of that, I have 2 or 3 separate sessions that students can choose to sign up for. It works out pretty good.
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#1180942 - 04/15/09 02:01 PM Re: Piano Recitals [color:#006600][i][b]NEVER[ bore me [Re: JWAbacus]
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I agree with you, I do not look forward to them either! After working on the pieces for so long and hearing them time after time, I am relieved to be done with it. I have the kids do the entire thing. I don't speak a word. They all say 2-4 sentences about their recital choices. I tell them to find something interesting about it/the composer, not dates etc...
They introduce each other. They do the writing/welcoming and the writing/closing. All I do is hand out their awards. I find that the audiences usually like the kids more, they're cuter than I am lol and it makes them feel good about it, even if they don't play perfectly. They are never more than an hour long either.
As far as parent's mingling, I find that when the kids make the program covers (I use ALL the covers that come to me, we do not "pick our favorite") they mingle afterward if only to get the cover that their own child made :-)
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#1182440 - 04/17/09 05:41 PM Re: Piano Recitals [color:#006600][i][b]NEVER[ bore me [Re: Ebony and Ivory]
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Dear Ebony and Ivory,
I like your idea of getting the students to host the recitals, and I just sit back and enjoy! I also like the idea of students designing the program covers. I shall try them both out in my next recital.
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#1182458 - 04/17/09 05:54 PM Re: Piano Recitals [color:#006600][i][b]NEVER[ bore me [Re: asiantraveller101]
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Awesome! Glad I could share :-)
I used to do voting on the cover designs, but it really isn't fair with such a range of ages, and it really doesn't take any more effort to make them all.
Plus it's cool to see how their drawings progress over the years too!
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#1182596 - 04/17/09 09:42 PM Re: Piano Recitals bore me [Re: Nannerl Mozart]
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These are great ideas.

I have students participate in 2 auditions a year and one big recital My recital is an awards recital and reception. I divide the students up into three recitals (all on one day) so each recital is not too long- 45 minutes tops. At this recital we recognize the students achievements for the year. I ask parents to bring cookies for a reception. It is a busy Saturday for me with three recitals but seems to work well. I also arrange mini recitals with 4-5 students to play at various nursing home. It is smaller crowd of parents and less stress for students but it still gives students performance opportunities. I encourage students to build a repertoire list and depend on the competition preparation for the recitals.

I do believe a recital should have entertainment value for the audience so I ask advance students for all three recitals. It is a privilege for students to be asked to perform for all the recitals….and it makes my studio look good…… I also play duets with beginner students to make it more interesting for the listener.
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