The Bermuda students performance was followed by the Ann Arbor group. Immediately the room was hushed by their deep soulful Ging sound. Each of their pieces possessed such a rich tone that continued the grandiose nature of the evening. The Bermuda students had a chance to see a high level of technical proficiency and some of the cathartic pieces in the violin repertoire. The two groups ended the concert together producing an ocean of sound.
After the concert the students gathered in the basement of the Church for a potluck dinner provided by the Ann Arbor group. The unity between the students was heartwarming. The evening can be summed up in a single word, inspirational!
If you are in Ann Arbor you can see us perform LIVE tonight at Northside Church in Ann Arbor which is located on 929 Barton Drive. Tonight's concert will be played along with the Arbor Creek Suzuki Violin Program. This is nationally recognized group who have appeared most recently at the 2007 National ASTA conference. The concert will start at 4:45PM. You can also catch up with us on thursday when we will be performing publicly at Briarwood Mall. This performance commences at 3:15PM
After this we bombarded Shar Music with our energy, questions, and pocket books. Ms. Appert, one of the employees and sister to Bermuda School of Music teacher Laura Appert, graciously organized a tour of the impressive facility. I was very much surprised by the infectious enthusiasm of both students and parents. Chas Arnold, tour organizer, had to pry us all away from the store to keep us on schedule for the rest of the day.
Later in the afternoon Halloween costumes were donned as the students joined the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute's annual Halloween group class. The music provided the common language and the bond between the nearly 200 participants. Teachers and students went to great lengths to dignify the occasion with a pleasant and sometimes "creepy" array of Halloween wear.
Along with the concerts, classes, and trick or treating they will get a chance to see the highlights of the surrounding Ann Arbor area.
Please follow us this week as we embark on this inaugural tour!
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