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Suzuki concert with Bainbridge performers to take stage at Benaroya Hall

The Suzuki Piano Parents Association of Bainbridge Island has  announced that the 2013 Suzuki Celebration Concert will be held at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

The concert is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9 in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall.

Approximately 85 students, ages 5–18, who have studied the Suzuki method of music instruction from an early age, will perform onstage with pieces ranging from beginner to advanced levels. None of the performers have been tested or pre-selected, the only requirements for becoming a Suzuki student is the parent’s desire to create a rich musical environment for their child, and a commitment to work hard. This concert showcases the wonderful results of this dedication and commitment, and this year the group said it was delighted to add Suzuki violin students to the show.

Students will perform in small groups, the pianists on three 9-foot Steinways, the violins in groups of three to five. Not only does this allow more students to participate, but rehearsing and performing with others develops skills in listening and chamber music training. Each student has learned to not only listen to themselves, but to listen to both the melody and accompaniment of their playing partners to create a perfect ensemble.

Each group of students, aided by their teacher, has decided on the musical ideas they want to convey and have practiced very hard both individually and together to convey these ideas.

The concert celebrates Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy of unlimited musical potential in each child and the methodology he devised to develop and nurture it.

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