One of our big prayer requests as we started our sojourn in the States was that Elisabeth and Max would have good transitions to US schools. They did. In fact, they both had really great experiences. Now, as we return, they face the even bigger challenge of coming down from the mountaintop and transitioning back to the Slovak school system.
When I was a kid, the highlight of Thanksgiving was playing football with my uncles after the meal. They loved to mess with me and of course I would try to match their roughness, which meant that sooner or later I got hurt or just plain frustrated. When it started to show, my Dad would say, “If you wanna run with the big dogs, you gotta pee in the tall grass.”
Elisabeth got her chance to run with the big dogs recently, but unlike me, she was able to hold her own.
Music lessons in Slovakia are split into three stages with the first stage lasting four years, the second is also four years and the third is two or three (I’ll find out when my kids get there). Max finished the first stage this year which means he had to perform for the head of the music school and then played for a special graduation concert (Elisabeth did this last year).
For this year’s recitals, we have Elisabeth playing a duet (Mazas Rondo from Twelve Little Duets) with her teacher.
With Christmas coming up fast we have our winter recital and concert season. Both kids get lots of opportunities to perform. I think that’s a great experience for them, even though it can be a little stressful. It’s interesting to watch as they learn to put a little more emotion into their performances.
Elisabeth and Max play a duet
Elisabeth has had some more opportunities to play her violin for various concerts and recitals this year. In November her music school held a 100 year celebration of two Slovak and Czech composers. For that concert Elisabeth played “Songs My Mother Taught Me” by Dvořak. Click through to see that video plus another with the performance that Elisabeth considers her best so far (coming soon).
I was going to put all of Elisabeth’s concerts and recitals in one post but this was too special. Elisabeth’s teacher asked if Jana would be willing to accompany Elisabeth for her end of the year finale on the violin. So here we have Elisabeth and Jana performing Concertino in Russian Style.
The holiday season is coming upon us quickly and that means school Christmas programs, Christmas pageants at church, and of course, mid-year recitals. Elisabeth gets us started this year with her violin recital and since she’s started taking voice lessons she had a voice recital as well. Click through to watch both in videos below. [Read more…]