Friday, January 01, 2010

New Year Concert

New Year Concert ( English) Nieuwjaarsconcert ( Nederlands)

Nora - A Star Is Born
NEW YEAR CONCERT
Hans Koert


It is the mission of every great artist like me to inspire others to create. If I have inspired even one person to write music, or learn an instrument, than I will have lived a meaningful life. With much love to all of my fans in the music world. - Nora
Traditionally on the first day of the year in our house it's classical music that sounds in the living room. No Jazz at all, but waltzes by Johann Strauss and his contemporaries. At eleven o'clock p.m. European time we listen to the New Year concert by the Wiener Philharmonic, directed by Georges Prêtre live recorded at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria.
Today's blog has also to do with classical music this time, classical music with a smile.................I love to introduce to you a new talent, a booming star, unknown to most of you, a young talent playing the piano in a way that a lot of peers will be insufferably jealous. A new star discovered this summer during a concert in Lithuania. But let me first introduce you to her - her name is Nora.
It all started when Mindaugas Piecaitis, conductor of the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra in Klaipèda ( Lithuania), saw, by accident, a fragment of a YouTube film in which Nora played the piano together with her assistants Betsy and Burnell. When Mindaugas contacted her and suggested to organize a concert with her, accompanied by his orchestra, she was very enthusiast: What an absolute purrrrrrfect idea, she said in an interview. But, as she noted, being a studio musicians, it frightens me to play in public. Thanks to her friends Betsy and Burnell that problem was solved soon - I could play at home, while my performance would be recorded on film. Well, let me first show you a fragment of the film, Mindaugas saw first, where you will be introduced to Nora playing solo piano and quatre mains ( I guess that's the way they call that) accompanied by her friends.

Mindaugas started to make transcriptions from the improvisations of Nora and inserted it into a composition titled CATcerto.

The concert was schedulAfbeelding toevoegened on the 5th of June, 2009 at the Klaipeda concert Hall in Klaipeda ( Lithuania). The star of the evening, Nora, was not live on stage, but appeared on a big screen to play her part of the show. The most difficult part for the orchestra was the prelude during the first minute in which Nora is waiting to start playing her part of the concert. The concert was recorded and broadcasted in several European countries like Great Britain, several Baltic States and Russia. Let's show you part of the concert:

Nora told in an interview, after the concert: Now that the piece is finished, I am so happy with the results.
I would like to thank Mr. Piecaitis for giving me the opportunity to show the entire world I can play, as a concert pianist, can play beautiful music with an orchestra. It is the mission of every great artist like me to inspire others to create. If I have inspired even one person to write music, or learn an instrument, than I will have lived a meaningful life. With much love to all of my fans in the music world. - Nora ( visit my website)

Love to wish you all a lot of musical inspirations and a swinging 2010.

Hans Koert (editor: Keep Swinging blog )
keepswinging@live.nl
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2 Comments:

Blogger Jo said...

I knew that Zez Confrey wrote 'Kitten On The Keys', but I never imagined that his 'novelty' would have competition by an actual kitten, named Nora. Amazing! Thanks for noticing unaware readers of the keepswinging-blog, and for introducing a new style of 'cat-walk'.
A Happy New Year to all visitors of the blog. Keep comming back - and Keep Swinging!

Jo

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Bev S. said...

Blue Note already have her signed up for an initial release called 'Purr Away With Me'.

Bev S. ( Worksop (GB))
(Organissimo jazz forum)

2:09 PM  

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