June 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm #105757
your first public performance/gig, what ever the case may be?June 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm #105758kreig-kittsMember
In a solo capacity, not including solo-ensemble recitals in junior high band,June 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm #105759
AH, come on now . . . I thought I’d see TONS of stories this morning!
KJune 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm #105760barbara-kraichy–2Participant
I remember my first solo performance with Orchestra. I was in 7th grade and wearing high heels for the first time. I finished playing Alberstotter’s Concert Ballade with the orchestra and was stepping down the stage stairs in front of the audience when my heel slipped and I went bumpity Bump on my butt down the stairs. Talk about being embarrassedJune 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm #105761joseph-paganiParticipant
What I consider my first solo performance was at Lincoln Center at a workshop for Opera is Instrumental. We were playing excerpts from Donizetti’s Elixir of Love. I was a senior in High School, and my one song in about an hour of music was the Una Furtiva Lagrima aria. It went really well, except in the first rehearsal the conductor sang the vocal line because of all the rubato and would drop out and come back in other areas so I got so lost the first time I played it! lolJune 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm #105762sherry-lenoxParticipant
In first first grade I wrote, choreographed, directed, designed costumes, and starred in a musical comedy/drama entitled “The Little Lost Valentine” which sadly does not survive in manuscript, but according to Mrs. Baker
was the smash hit of the Hanover Avenue School theatrical season.
Does that count?June 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm #105763Saul Davis ZlatkovskiParticipant
I played my troubador harp behind the perfume counter of a nearby Powers Department Store, what Xmas music I could. She was annoyed I didn’t bring my pedal harp, but I couldn’t have gotten it there.June 24, 2011 at 11:27 pm #105764rod-cParticipant
Interesting topic. My first public performance was about 4 years ago. I played in a recital–about 20 harpists. Half kids/teens..the other half adults.
It was surreal, considering I had started the harp as adult, had no previous musical training, andJune 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm #105765cc-chiuMember
I honestly don’t remember the first time I ever performed in public… I assume it must have been an ‘end of the year’ ‘recital’ at the music school where I was taking lessons. I was 7 or 8 by that time so I don’t think I was that nervous.
The first time I played in church, though, was a total disaster. I had decided to play everything by heart and of course I had a blackout in the middle of the piece… I sort of forced myself to go on and eventually managed to finish it. Most people really liked the harp playing, fortunately.
Other ‘disaster’ story: I had to play a christmas song (my dancing day?) with two other harps. I and the other harpist got confused so both of us sort of stopped at the same time, and the poor third harpist just continued playing the chords – she basically played solo for about 1,5 minutes.June 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm #105766David IceParticipant
My first public performance was at Hollywood Presbyterian Church, playing the Robert Shaw/Robert Russell Bennet “Many Moods of Christmas.”June 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm #105767Minnesota HarpistParticipant
Where did you get the music Dreams?June 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm #105768Julietta Anne RabensParticipant
My first grade class performed “The Last Unicorn”, and I learned theme song by ear on the piano, so they let me play it. I was dressed like a turtle.June 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm #105769
OK – I need to hear more about the turtle outfit.
KayJune 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm #105770Julietta Anne RabensParticipant
I know there was construction paper involved. I mostly remember the turtle shell that was tied on around my shoulders and I vaguely remember a little green hat. I was also told that even though I was a turtle I still needed to play it in tempo. I was trying to be authentic. :oPJune 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm #105771
SO CUTE – just wonder why you weren’t dressed like a unicorn?
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