Well, we are back and we survived recital weekend! We had such a wonderful time. I'm always proud of our darling Cait, but this really was so amazing. This is a picture of the program. A very nice, varied selection of music, in a beautiful recital hall. What impressed me the most is her poise and confidence on stage. She has grown so tremendously while attending UNT, and her father and I were just about to burst with pride Friday evening.The green script is in honor of UNT!
After the performance, we retired to the "green room" to relax, mingle and of course, EAT! Let me tell you, college kids can pack it away! One of Cait's friends complimented me on one of the cookie recipes. When I asked if he enjoyed them, he replied "I guess so, I ate 10"lol. Needless to say, we sent the rest of those cookies home with him!
People mingling and relaxing after the recital. I didn't realize how many people were in black until I saw this picture! Guess it's that whole artsy college thing?
One of the great things about UNT is the abundance of talent, and the wonderful facilities to express it. This is Cait's friend Lillian, an accomplished pianist (and she plays the sax too!) She is probably Ben Folds #1 fan. Cait had told her that we are huge fans of his music, and she surprised us by playing some of his selections. This is a picture of Cait and DH singing along.
DWR Quartet with Dr. Nestler, head of the saxophone department at UNT. Quartet members are from left: Kyle, tenor saxophone; Justin, baritone saxophone; Brett, alto saxophone and Cait, soprano saxophone.
This is a picture of Cait with one of her oldest friends, Billy. They have been friends since Cait started band in the 6th grade and remain best buddies to this day. They both attend UNT as music education majors. Billy is an extremely talented percussionist, and played the vibes with Cait for the 2nd piece of the recital. We are very fortunate to live in a community that places a high value on the arts, and our school district's music department is one of the best! Georgetown has been named "One of the 100 Best Communities for Music Education" 2 years in a row.
Proud mamma with exhausted, relieved daughter! I have included a very short snippet of Cait's first piece, Light of Sothis. This is a portion of the first movement "Grace". Excuse the less than perfect editing, but blogger will only allow 100mb of video! If you would like to see the entire performance of this piece, you can see it on you tube - the url for this video is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkmnvEOv3AU. Once I get more comfortable with my video editing software, I will post the other 3 pieces. Hope you enjoy! And again, if your child comes home from school and says they want to join band, run, don't walk, to the music store and get them started. Even if they do not choose to pursue music as a career, the joy that it brings will last them the rest of their lives.