I just returned from Idaho, where I visited for two purposes:
1- To attend an alumni concert for my college, BYU-I (I played the violin in the college symphony for 2 years)
2 – To put on my own concert in Idaho Falls at the Piano Gallery
Besides the long and boring drive across the desert and sagebrush of Eastern Oregon and Idaho, it was a great weekend. It was a bit weird to be back on campus, because it has changed so much. But it was good – good to see old friends, collegues, to pass by the apartment complex I used to live in while going to school (glad to see it’s still there amidst all the new campus construction!).
My concert went well – I was only expecting a small crowd, but to my surprise we had so many show up we had to set up additional chairs to accomodate those standing in the back. I also got my first standing ovation which was kind of cool! My good friend Michele McLaughlin came up from Salt Lake City for the concert as I asked her to participate as my special guest artist. She performed 4 songs from her new CD that will be out next month.
Next concert will be in Salt Lake City on November 24th, with Michele again. I’m so excited to play on a Fazioli piano……ahhhh see me drooling already? And then in December – I’ve got two. Jace Vek and I will perform on the 8th in downtown Seattle, and then I’ve got my annual Christmas concert on the 16th which I will be debuting my rendition of “O Holy Night” for soprano and piano (It’s not the boring piano accompaniment, but more of a duet featuring both).
Next week: I will have some exciting news to tell you all. Stay tuned…