Needless to say, I planned this event with Troy in mind. Embracing music while real musicians play real instruments right in front of you, is a rare and very enriching experience for any music lover. Sitting in the very first row, right in front of Solomon and Jacques-Pierre, Troy was at his best behavior, listening to the music and watching the musicians’ hands very carefully. At the end of every movement he clapped and screamed “Bravo”.
Both the musicians loved him. After the concert was over, they invited him to come up for a real hands-on musical experience. Of course, because we have a piano at home, Troy was more intrigued by the cello. Having noticed his interest, not only did Jacques-Pierre let Troy touch the cello, but also he showed him how to play it and Troy played it ( to the best of his ability, of course). Then Solomon played some notes and simple note combinations for Troy on the piano, and almost every time Troy repeated them correctly.
It goes without saying that Troy felt on top of the world and could not get enough of that communication.
I took the most fabulous pictures of Troy playing a gigantic cello and carrying a "grown-up" conversation with the musicians, but do not want to post them here, since this blog is open for anyone to read. However, I will be happy to share those pics with my friends. So if you are a friend of mine and are reading this blog, let me know and I'll be happy to share them with you.
And one more thing: if you have been afraid of Rachmaninoff, that was probably because you did not know his music that well. Believe me, this composer is very enjoyable and not as "heavy" as some people think he might be.