Jonathan Biss .. Wonderful Friday
4th April 08, performed at Major Luke Theater, Downtown, Santa Barbara.
It was the first week of Spring quarter, and I planned to do something special. My friend, a graduate student in theater major, asked me to go to piano concert with her. Her friend could buy a ticket for me. I said yes immediately without any concern about who the pianist was. Before the concert, we went to Thai restaurant, and had not only a tasteful meal, but enjoying conversation.
Walking from the restaurant to our destination was pretty far, and I was not familiar with this area of downtown SB at all. However, having arrived the concert, I discovered that Jonathan Biss was on the stage. I always wanted to see his performance, but never had a chance to do so until tonight. It had been twenty years that piano was not my favorite instrument. Because many families expect their children, mostly girls, to play the piano, it has become popular instruments among Thai people. Personally, I do not like to do things that people love to. I have neither passion in playing the piano, nor interest in the concert. But now, my perspective has been greatly changed, I start to appreciate it sounds.
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Professional musicians must have really good concentrations in what they are performing. When musicians and music become one, a result is productive and powerful performance. Tonight, on the stage was Jonathan and his music. Not far from him, there were about fourty people who were here to be observants, and I was one of them. I sat quietly, watched his hands' movements, and was moved by his songs.
I fall in love with Andante in Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 "Pastoral." It begins with slow and soft tones, and ends with fast and hard ones. Many things in life have the same kind of beginning and ending. We always want a satisfied ending, but our wishes do not always come true.