Category Archives: Music

Spring Gala Concert

Tonight was Julius’ school big spring gala concert for which he (with the school orchestra) have been practicing for a while now. He even went back to practice last Monday after a long day of diving. Since our seats were … Continue reading

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Exam Day!

Only 9 months after his last ABRSM exam, Julius was ready for Grade 4! This time things were a bit different. Back in Vietnam, everything was set up and organized by the school and we used their facilities. Here it … Continue reading

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ABRSM dress rehearsal, kinda

Today Julius had a special extra session for his upcoming violin exam, with both, his violin teacher and his piano accompaniment / aural music teacher. This is an interesting glimpse into the action of the violin teacher counting, correcting and … Continue reading

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CCR 5K / Sound of Music

This morning was the CCR 5K City Run again, and since we were short on volunteers, I helped out with time keeping again instead of participating. Nice turn out and great running conditions. In the afternoon we went, for the … Continue reading

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Now with piano! (and later burrito!)

As the ABRSM exam is approaching, Julius needs to practice with a piano partner now. His violin teacher gave me a contact and today he had his first session: First time they play together, obviously there are still some kinks … Continue reading

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SOSL Gala Concert

Tonight we attended our second concert of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, this time at the Ladies’ College Auditorium. This place unfortunately has pretty hard, wooden seats and either I plan on bringing a pillow next time, or I … Continue reading

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Concert Band @ Founders’ Day

60 years ago, Julius’ new school was inaugurated and to commemorate this occasion there was a big assembly in which Julius got to play as part if the concert band for the first time. The setting in the gym was … Continue reading

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First Concert Experience in SL

Colombo might not have a fancy opera house, like Hanoi, but they do have a symphonic orchestra and I had spotted a flyer for this promising concert of film music and show tunes. And since their concerts start at 7PM … Continue reading

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New Violin teacher

The search, nay, QUEST for a new violin teacher here has been quite a challenge. And in the end I circled back to the first contact I had been given from the head of art-department at Julius’ new school. It … Continue reading

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Over the Rainbow

More for the hardcore fans: This is already the first song for his next ABRSM exam (which comes up next June) and so far so good. He started studying 2nd hand position just recently (and it is still obvious in … Continue reading

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Middle School Concert

Julius selected Orchestra as his year-long electable subject this year, which I think is awesome. Small class, all part Asian, but Julius is the only kid with non-black hair Different levels, but they all study together to perform in this … Continue reading

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Date Night at the Opera

Another beautiful concert performance by the VNSO under a French guest conductor and a great duo piano concerto by Francis Poulenc. Quite impressive. Small side note: A year ago I was not able to close the button of this very … Continue reading

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With Merit!

Just before the summer holidays, Julius had his ABRSM exam for grade 2 violin. And finally we got the results! I was pretty certain that he had passed. From talks with the UMA people here at his school, only very … Continue reading

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Date night at the opera again

Once again we went to the VNSO’s concert series (No. 93) at the opera house. Starting with some Schubert, then an amazing piano performance by a very young Nguyễn Việt Trung (20/21 years old) on a Chopin concerto and I … Continue reading

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Culture Night

Back to the opera house today for a concert of all Russian composers. Was very nice!

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