One of the many perks of owning Freeburg Pianos occurred this past weekend. We provided our Master Works Theatre and two Mason and Hamlin grand pianos for a pre-concert rehearsal. Russian pianists Yahov and Aleksandra Kasman (father and his eighteen year old daughter) were guest artists on Saturday night with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra. They performed Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals with the symphony and Rachmaninoff’s Tarantella as a two-piano “solo” work. Keith and I attended and enjoyed the concert but even greater than the concert was the privilege of sitting in our own theatre listening to the two of them play Tarantella.
Last week, I wrote about sound and how it affects the atmosphere, plants and people. Well, let me tell you, their private performance in that intimate space was the exclamation point to my thoughts. It was glorious and I mean GLORIOUS. The sound of the freshly tuned pianos (thank you, Keith). the artists’ unified sound and their complete expression of themselves greatly affected me. It was a supernatural experience. The gift of God flowing through these artists overwhelmed me. At one point, I felt like I was dancing on the keys along with their “dancing fingers.” When the piece finished and their hands simultaneously lifted into the air, I fairly flew out of my seat. My heart was pounding and my smile exceeding the confines of my face. I literally trembled for a good twenty minutes following the experience. I was energized, filled with joy and great love. That’s what “the sound of music” can do.
Here’s a quick mention and reminder of an upcoming concert next week. Keith and I are “bursting our buttons” as Dad Freeburg used to say. Freeburg Pianos very own “Performing Artist” will be making his debut next week at the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra as the Youngest Concert Pianist in North Carolina. Thirteen year old, Perzina Artist, Christopher Tavernier, who is like family to us and about whom I’ve written about many times, will be playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Opus 23 with the symphony on October 24. Keith and I will be taking a couple of days off in order to attend the concert. We are very blessed to be part of this young man’s life and could not be more excited to share his symphonic debut. I will have to bring plenty of Kleenex for my tears of joy.