A Night in Vienna

I attended a student orchestra concert last week at the high school. While I don't have direct ties to the orchestra program, I still play the violin and enjoy listening to live classical music, especially music created by young artists. I guess it brings me back to my own high school orchestra days.

The program included string players from the 6th grade, whose skills are still quite basic, all the way to the High School orchestra. The wide breadth of musical ability across the performer displayed the years of practice it takes to play an instrument well.

I had this musician picked out as the most technically advanced of the high school students. Sure enough, later on in the program he performed a solo.
Violinist

I love the rich sound of the cello. I think if I were to pick up another stringed instrument, this would be it.
Paired

I noticed her black fingernail polish - something I would never do with mine!
Elegance

Congrats to all the performers - they did a great job!
Performers

Shared with Nancy's Tuesday Muse

Diane Cayton-Hakey  – (October 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM)  

I think you should wear black nail polish in honor of October and Halloween. You might like it. LOL

abrianna  – (October 15, 2013 at 10:01 AM)  

Like the close ups of the cello.

Dotti  – (October 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM)  

Isn't it a joy to see young musicians in concert? My six-year old granddaughter began violin lessons a few weeks ago and also was selected for the community children's choir. I can hardly wait to see their first concert in November!

Lisa Gordon  – (October 15, 2013 at 7:16 PM)  

What a great evening this must have been, and only 6th grade??
Some of them look much older.

Sharon  – (October 15, 2013 at 9:41 PM)  

Yes, isn't it exciting to see these young musicians and know they are learning and enjoying music?! I teach piano and love watching when something "clicks" for the students. I know music will enrich their lives. You got some great shots of the musicians!

Nicki  – (October 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM)  

You got some seriously good photos. I love hearing the kids perform (not necessarily mine - one played clarinet for a few years and was pretty decent with good potential- unfortunately it was middle school and there was no discipline with all the students so all the songs ended up sounding like 3 Blind Mice. My other child had no interest possibly because he had suffered through his sister's concerts. As for the black polish, you should try it. I went with a dark chocolate brown and loved it. Black is the new red.

shirley  – (October 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM)  

@Lisa - There were several performance groups - 6th grade, then a 7/8th grade group and finally the High School orchestra. Most of the photos I took were of the High School group (so that explains why they look older)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal  – (October 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM)  

I admire anyone who has the discipline to keep with this type of interest -- the results must be so rewarding. :)

Catherine  – (October 17, 2013 at 10:37 AM)  

Beautiful images Shirley...and ohhh I love the sound of the cello too. Must have been so nice to sit back, relax and just listen to the children play (without the stress of having to be up there yourself :) I used to play the flute, but have long forgotten how... I think it's wonderful you still play your violin!

tinajo  – (October 17, 2013 at 11:22 AM)  

Such talent, great pics of them! :-)

Diane by the hem of the sea  – (November 5, 2013 at 12:17 PM)  

I've always admired anyone who learns to play the violin well. I too have always love the rich sounds of a cello.
My entire life I've always wanted to learn to play a musical instrument, the piano being my first choice, but it was never to be -- until now. Now in retirement I have just begun to learn to play piano. It's a dream come true (and also very difficult)

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