Here's a picture of Sunday afternoon's Wind Ensemble concert at Ball State University. I drove 2 hours east across the state to Muncie to hear my friend and former student Keilah Brown play the flute in this final concert of their season. My favorite piece in the concert was "A Somerset Rhapsody," by Gustav Holst. I don't think I've ever heard it before, but it had a hauntingly beautiful alto sax solo that began and ended the piece (accompanied by a high flute note that Keilah just LOVED to get to play)! Somerset is a county in England, and it was a very celtic-sounding collection of English folk songs. I just LOVED that piece!
Sursa Hall in the brand new Music Instruction Building (finished in 2004, I believe) was acoustically incredible. The facilities at BSU are top-notch, as they even have Steinway baby grands in the sound-proof practice rooms! Keilah gave me a little tour after the concert, but it was raining outside so I didn't get any pictures outside. I did enjoy visiting her dorm and meeting her roommate Nichole. Her roommate she's requested for next year, Emily, is a piano performance major and she played a selection from a Mozart sonata for us.
They have finals this week. I was glad to get to see the campus and to visit with Keilah. She would be my first student to continue on to college to study music (Music Ed.)! How exciting--Keilah, you're almost done with your freshman year!! Keep your FOCUS UP!
Here she is with her parents, Kevitt & Sara.
Me & K-la