I just had the opportunity to perform in a most interesting situation. I was asked to play Meditation from Thais at the General Conference Session of Seventh-Day Adventists in St. Louis. The session was being held in the main stadium of America's Center. It holds upwards of 100,000 people and was nearly filled. Because of the vast number of people in the stadium I had to be amplified. In addition, because 5 satellite networks were broadcasting the sessions live there was no way for the piano to be nearby (as the stage movement had to be seamless, quick, and tidey). My accompanist and I were so far away from each other (with my back to her) that the only way I could hear her was through the floor monitors.
I found the entire situation not at all ideal for a cohesive performance and altogether quite unnerving. However, despite the 3 second reverbe in the building and the amplified sound delay I think it came off a bit better than I expected and was surprisingly musical (though somewhat careful) despite the situation. I believe I'll have to chalk this experience up as just another learning opportunity and next time (if that happens) I'll know what to expect and how to deal with it even better.
Here's a poor quality streaming video of it. The performance occurs right after the prayer that is said in German right at the beginning.
if that doesn't work go to http://hopetv.org/article.php?id=22&PHPSESSID=a630128aefe8cb3ec4e4060317ee605c and click on July 7 "evening program".
Let me know what you think: What I could do better and what I could keep.
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