A tribute to the music teacher
Most of us have had kind and generous teachers that left a lasting impression.
Winter Baroque is 3:00 on Sunday,
December 17 at St. Paul's.
(Yes, this Sunday!)
There is a guest host for the conversation this week. I thought it better if Beth Clary, President of the Board, spoke with Eliana instead of me. It would have been awkward since my daughter thinks I have cooties.
The first NCMF event I attended was a piano recital in a private home. I had the chance to visit with the pianist over tasty nibbles and sparkling drinks. A year or two later, I volunteered to drive another pianist from South Station to Newburyport for a recital. I dropped him off at his hosts’ home and drove away feeling fortunate to have a chance to visit with these spectacular musicians and interesting people who are engaged with the world in ways that stretch beyond their musical lives.
In 2020, David asked me to interview his daughter, Eliana, so we could all know her a little better. COVID was raging and while she would play as part of the Quartet Caroling, there would not be any chances to interact with her. Those of you who have been engaged with NCMF since it began in 2002 know Eliana Yang has grown up amidst the NCMF community, rightly earning a place as an impassioned performer.
Once again, David asked me to chat with Eliana so we could have some insight into her life now, at 24 and in the masters’ program at Juilliard. We could have spoken for much longer than 25 minutes! I have podcasts in my queue as a result of our conversation just as I had books to read and music to listen to after our conversation in 2020. I trust you will come away from listening in with things to mull over, a sense of at least one young woman who is taking the world seriously but with humor and curiosity too. Most of all, I hope you will come to the concert this Sunday, December 17th at 3:00 to hear her do a few things for the very first time!
Beth Dyer Clary, President
On Tuesday, I had the privilege to discuss the composer Arnold Schoenberg with his son, Larry.