The Block Island Times

Christmas Piano Recital

For Carrie Todd
By Nancy Greenaway | Dec 25, 2013
Photo by: Marea Mott A group of youthful island singers perform at the annual Christmas Piano Recital at St. Andrew's Parish Center on Wednesday, Dec. 11, under the direction of Carrie Todd.

In the winter sanctuary of an island church,

thunder of children’s feet on wooden stairs

serves as prelude for the annual recital

of young pianists bursting into light in suits

or vibrant party dresses, radiant in youthful

energy and pre-performance electricity.


Starting with simple holiday carols

played by those newest to the keyboard,

and moving through more complicated pieces,

the program culminates with Tchaikovsky,

offered with narration and illustration, to

an attentive audience with cameras flashing.


Forty-two musicians give their names and title

their pieces, play with varying degrees of perfection,

then bow to loud applause and chorused bravos,

having sent notes of hope to the world-weary

and wind-whipped who gather this night to cheer

and be cheered by joys of music and community.

— Dec. 12, 2013


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