May News from Cori Belle

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Performing In-Person Again 

Baby steps! I will be performing in-person this month at my kids' school arts' festival! It will be an outdoor setup with various stages and brief "acts," but it's a start! It seems appropriate to contribute to the theme of "hymns" as we give thanks to God for His provision and protection over the last year. I will be playing a few jazz arrangements of hymns, one of which is "A Mighty Fortress is Our God."

Spring Concert: Love and Light

Have you ever attended a concert that was so good that afterwards you thought, "I wish so-and-so could have come with me to hear this"? This is one of those times! 

Our second virtual choral concert was a success! The premiere went "live" recently and I was so proud of my Kirkland Choral Society singers! Such a variety of songs - from acapella to handbell accompaniment to piano duet to...well, you'll just have to view it yourself to enjoy it all! There are some gems in here, including a quartet singing "A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square," an exciting arrangement of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," and a couple of Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes. 

The concert is about 45 minutes long, and before you think, "I don't want to sit in front of a screen watching a stage for that long," let me assure you that you won't be bored! Our interim artistic director, Seiko Werts, did a fantastic job incorporating nature shots and varying the composition of our virtual "stages." I think you are in for a treat! 

You can watch the concert any time from now through the end of May. Purchase your ticket here.

Around the Web 

"Stay in shape! Sometimes a musician waits for a gig & when it comes he's out of shape and can't make it." This, and more advice from legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk

Watch a piano trio play some fun Variations by Nikolai  (see below)

Upcoming Concerts 

Spring 2021    KCS virtual choir concert. Available now through the end of May.

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