Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Crazy Classics

Dear family,

We had so much fun watching Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin that I had to record our experience.

Something uncanny happened before the concert. I had watched this YouTube ad for the concert and was mentioning to J that in it, Sid Bowfin played snippets of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart and Spring by Vivaldi. I was trying to recall the third piece when J suddenly said, "I know! He played this!" J, you put on a CD we had and played song number 3. The piece was Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Brahms and you were spot on! Of all the millions of classical pieces, you chose the right piece! We were all so intrigued.

As I had told you that we were watching a performance by a violinist who was a comedian, you were pretty excited. Sid Bowfin proved to be a real entertainer. Not only could he play well, he impressed us with tricks like balancing his bow on his nose and playing Rondo Alla Turca whilst standing on one foot! The concert was highly engaging and many in the audience got a chance to be on stage. J and An, you volunteered enthusiastically whenever Sid Bowfin asked for volunteers. Neither of you were chosen, but that did not dampen your mood. You danced and clapped to the music and J sang the solfege of Can Can by Offenbach when it was played! J, you are learning to play Can Can on the piano and were overjoyed when you realised that was the encore piece.

I was also very impressed by Sid Bowfin's knowledge of classical music. There was a segment where kids were asked to randomly suggest a piece for him to play. During the show we were at, the choices were Gavotte, Canon in D, Nocturne by Chopin (!) and Carmen by Bizet. We had to vote for one song and Carmen was our choice. Sid Bowfin briefly told us about the opera and played the piece competently! It was amazing. Of course, if you two children had been called upon to suggest your pieces, they would have been Imperial March from Star Wars for J and Let it Go from Frozen for An. Disney rules in our family. :p

That was a summary of our very enjoyable afternoon at Crazy Classics. We managed to take a shot with the inspiring violinist at the end of the show. Now that you kids and I are learning to play the violin, it is my hope that we will be able to do a trio one day. Maybe we can start with Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars.

Love you,
Mama. :)

Note: Sid Bowfin will be in Sg till 12 March and Crazy Classics is well worth attending, in my humble opinion. :)

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