Sunday 16 October 2011

A First Community Piano Recital @ Pasir Ris Elias Community Club

A first-ever Community Concert was held at the Pasir Ris Elias Community Club on 15 October 2011. This was an effort to bring classical music to the heartlands, so that people who do not usually attend formal concerts in city venues get a chance to witness good music up close.

The concert was held in the Community Club's indoor badminton hall, which was converted into a makeshift concert venue. A sizeable audience of mostly children, young people and their parents was in attendance to hear Singaporean pianist Albert Lin perform and talk about the piano.

A six-foot Essex grand piano was provided by Steinway Gallery Singapore. Albert Lin spoke for 20 minutes about the social history of the piano, its makers and performers before embarking on an hour long recital. He performed short works by Beethoven, Gershwin, Liszt, Chopin, Mozart, Mompou, Godowsky and Mussorgsky.

As expected, the children were fidgety and occasionally distracted. Otherwise everyone was respectful and well-behaved. On the left, one of the noisier children leaves the hall accompanied by his father. A post-concert Question and Answer session was an unusually lively one, with a number of children doing the asking.

Albert Lin's mother was also involved, when she replied to the queries of a parent who asked how long a child should practise the piano. Her message was simple: Do not force your child, instead allow him or her to naturally grow a love of music. Always provide a conducive environment for the enjoyment of music. Albert had never signed so many autographs in his life! Let's look forward to the next Community Concert!

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