On Wednesday, Megan played her first solo at the orchestra concert. This was the junior high orchestra concert for her school. It was the first year her school performed by itself — previous years had all the schools. But the music program has grown so much that now there would be 150 kids in the orchestra! And forget about having a place for parents to sit in the audience!
The stage was bedecked in holiday finery.
First the intermediate orchestra played. Then the advanced orchestra. But right before the advanced orchestra, out came Megan and the quartet she was a part of.
When I listen to my daughter play, I am amazed that I birthed this child — me, a violin dropout and un-prodigy. Listening to my violin playing was painful. I am surprised my parents didn’t run away screaming every time I practiced. How did this child of mine get such a gift to play such beautiful music?
Such expression. Such grace. Such emotion.
And her mother bangs on drums. Could we really be related?
The quartet did a wonderful job. You can see in the back how the first four chairs are all empty. That’s because they belong to this quartet.
Now the orchestra’s turn. Since Megan is concertmaster, she led the orchestra in that short piece called “tuning.” It’s unique and different every time. Never the same twice.
Man they were good! I could not believe this was a group of 8th and 9th graders! When I played violin in 9th grade it was…
Oh wait. I didn’t play violin in 9th grade. I had quit by then.
The Davis music program is amazing. This orchestra has over 70 kids. Thats one of the two orchestras from a single junior high school in this small city of Davis! Not only are the numbers amazing, but so is the quality!
I love seeing all the bows go the same direction. The music is cool but so is the visual aspect as they are all synced up.
Ok, so I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures of any other kids. This is definitely a biased photo blog.
The grand finale was Megan performing a solo with the orchestra. Something called “Czardis” or something like that. All I know was it was quite impressive.
She looked so calm and collected though later she said her legs were shaking. Good thing she wore a long skirt!
It was an awesome job! I was so proud of her. She has worked so hard on that piece. Angelo Moreno, the director, congratulated her.
Sniff sniff, that’s my daughter!
And flowers! What a nice surprise!
The entire orchestra did an amazing job.
Then the awkwardness… lots of announcements while Megan stood there because they had taken away her chair. Ah well. She looked quite professional.
I am thankful she did a lot better this year than last year. Last year, she woke up on the day of the concert with a fever! This time, poor thing was nervous all week but you would never know during the concert. We prayed for her all week. So many blessings to be thankful for!
Both grandmas and grandpa came to see her too. Too late I realized I didn’t get any pictures of everyone later. It was cold and wet out and we wanted to go home to celebrate. Grandma offered to take Megan out afterwards for anything she wanted as a treat…
She picked ramen.
So Albert went and bought a couple packs of ramen and we enjoyed warm noodles at home!