Monday, May 26, 2008
Katya's Spring Piano Recital
Last week was Katya's final piano recital of the year. (She's quickly practicing beforehand in the picture above). She played three short pieces and then sang a song from the musical "The Little Prince" with all the other students; I'm including video below for grandparents' pleasure.
She had been sick for almost a week before the recital and hadn't had a chance to practice. We still haven't gotten a piano; she really does need one to properly continue. I've been looking for a used piano, but haven't found one yet. We'll probably end up just getting a good digital one (with weighted keys) when we get back from America this August. Now that we might be moving, I'm glad we don't have to also transfer a piano to a new apartment*...
I've also included pictures of the bouquets that Natalia and I brought with us to give both Katya and Katya's teacher.
Bouquets are so unique here; I'd never seen anything quite like them before moving to Russia. The use of big leaves, netting and the occasional prop (little wooden ladybugs, silk butterflies or birds) make them rather eye-catching!
Here are the videos. First, here is Katya playing.
Then, here is the group finale when all the students sang and a fourth grader accompanied them.
*Moving Update: There's one apartment on our street--I can even see it from our living room windows-- that we're really hoping we'll get. It's almost 50% bigger than the one we're in now and would cost 95,000 rubles--the amount that our landlord is now going to expect for the apartment we're currently in. It has modern PVX windows, much newer appliances than we have now, a dishwasher (!) and air conditioning...!! The current tenants won't know until the end of next week if they'll be renewing their lease. I'm PRAYING they don't! We'll move into that place if we can; otherwise, we'll likely just negotiate for repairs on our current place and stay put.