I have been so busy with the Florida Keys Concert Association that I have hardly had time to do anything else. It has been a wonderful season so far. This week was the first time I have taken my camera to a concert and I had a great time with it.
Our concerts are held at San Pablo Catholic Church and the Marathon High School. This week we were in the Catholic church. The plaza in front of the simple church is gorgeous at dusk with some lights on.
This is our ticket booth. I prepare the tickets during the week for pickup at the door by getting the information from our PayPal account. Now that we have finished our third performance, we are not as busy at the ticket booth as we were in the beginning, with people buying their season tickets. It is the loveliest ticket booth, but things can get a little crazy when the wind blows.
The interior of the church is also very simple for a Catholic church. The acoustics are great. It is a nice venue except that it is difficult, if not impossible, to see the performers unless you sit up front. My strategy is to sit in the very last pew. Then I can stand up to get a better look at the performers without having someone behind me yelling for me to sit down.
I guess I took this picture at the end when they got a standing ovation, and before the house lights came back on.
This week’s performance was one of what we call our Rising Star performances. Pianist Adria Ye performed for us when she was twelve. The old pro was seven for her Carnegie Hall debut. Now she is 18 and a student at Julliard. Aubree Oliverson, on the violin, had her Carnegie Hall debut at twelve. Zlatomir Fun, on the cello, blew me away. All three have appeared on NPR’s “From the Top” multiple times. They have all won multiple awards and played with orchestras, and performed at venues all over the US and abroad.
My favorite piece was Dvorak’s Piano Trio No. 3, Op.65. Magnificent! I’ve been a Dvorak fan since my music appreciation class freshman year of college.
What are the kids coming to these days?