AYO Grand Finale Concert

"Austin Youth Orchestra" Austin, 2019
“Austin Youth Orchestra” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

What a busy, but great day, we had! Koa had a percussion competition in the morning down at Texas State University in San Marcos, then in the afternoon, he performed in the Grand Finale Concert of the Austin Youth Orchestra. After that, we headed back down to San Marcos for a percussion master class, and then we found out the results of the competition. And the results were great – Koa received 4th place (out of 29) for his marimba performance!

Not only was the competition great, but the Austin Youth Orchestra performances were fantastic as well. Koa played timpani in a Stravinsky tune (which was really fun to watch), and snare drum in a Tchaikovsky tune. It was awesome. If you have a few moments, give them a watch/listen:

The grand finale concert marks the end of the spring session, and I am pretty sure Koa will want to join AYO again next year. I am happy and amazed that his level is so high at just his freshman year. Looking forward to his future!

またね~

Koa’s Percussion Performances

"2018-19 VRHS Percussion" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 32.9mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO800
“2018-19 VRHS Percussion” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。This evening, Koa performed three pieces at his high school’s percussion concert: a solo, a duet, and ensemble. He sounded great!

Here are the recordings I made of the solo and duet. Please watch and listen!

Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

"Chicken Parmesan Sandwich" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/18 sec, ISO800
“Chicken Parmesan Sandwich” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I don’t know if it’s because he is going to college soon and wants to practice cooking, or if he’s just sick of my cooking, but Bay made dinner for us tonight. The chicken parmesan sandwiches were yummy! I approve! And because he did the cooking, I did the dishes, which he has pretty much taken over as one of his chores.

Here’s the video that he followed for the dinner:

I’m going to miss Bay when he leaves for college, so I’ll cherish these days when he’s still at home. 😀

Enjoy the photos!

またね~

"In the Kitchen" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/40 sec, ISO800
“In the Kitchen” Cedar Park, 2019
"Breading Factory" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/40 sec, ISO800
“Breading Factory” Cedar Park, 2019
"Frying Chicken" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/30 sec, ISO800
“Frying Chicken” Cedar Park, 2019
"Adding Sauce" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/9 sec, ISO800
“Adding Sauce” Cedar Park, 2019
"Chicken Parmesan Sandwich" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/30 sec, ISO800
“Chicken Parmesan Sandwich” Cedar Park, 2019

Koa Performed with the Texas Youth Wind Symphony

"Wind Symphony" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.2, 1/125 sec, ISO640
“Wind Symphony” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Outside of school, Koa has been practicing with two music groups, the Austin Youth Orchestra and the Texas Youth Wind Symphony. Today the latter had their spring performance at Bates Recital Hall on the UT campus.

The recital hall is really awesome. Not only are the acoustics amazing, but it has stadium seating so you can pretty much see all the performers from an elevated position. In most general-purpose auditoriums, the stage is elevated, so you need to be in the middle/back rows in order to have a chance to see everyone’s face, and then you are pretty far from the stage. But at the Bates Recital Hall, everyone had a view of their student performer, even in the front rows.

Koa plays percussion, so he was moving around among the different instruments. My favorite was when he played the bass drum in “Of Our New Day Begun”. It was great! And LOUD!

There were a total of 4 pieces in several movements. Please enjoy the videos! (I just used my Fujifilm X-T10 and built-in mic, hand-held, so the quality is not the best. Also, I mainly just made sure Koa was in the videos, so apologies if you weren’t able to see your student)

Austin Youth Orchestra Spring Concert

"Austin Youth Orchestra" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 55mm, f/4, 1/150 sec, ISO3200
“Austin Youth Orchestra” Austin, 2019

For the past couple of months, Koa has been rehearsing (as a percussionist) with the Austin Youth Orchestra every week, and today they had their Spring concert. It was really fun to listen to the music today because most of the time, Koa doesn’t perform with strings. It’s a really nice change of pace!

There were three orchestras playing today, and Koa is listed as a member of the top group, but he was asked to play in the middle group as well. He said he had to do a lot of sight reading today since he didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for the middle band. But to me, he sounded great. I’m so proud of him!

Percussion is a fun discipline in the band/orchestra because they have to learn many different instruments, such as marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, bells, triangle, cymbals, snare drum, and timpani. Then there are a few other specialty instruments like the rain stick. And today, Koa said he had to switch between bass drum, snare, and cymbals in one of the pieces. Some pieces, he’s very active, and some pieces he doesn’t even have a part in. It’s very interesting.

Anyway, it was great to listen to the Austin Youth Orchestra. All the kids work so hard, and it’s impressive to hear the fruits of their labor come to life in a live concert.

I hope you had a nice Sunday!

またね〜