An outstanding and fun idea during this pandemic, became a reality—to hold a virtual student Piano recital. Ruth Pleines recently held her 40th annual student recital, in a virtual setting via zoom. After lessons ended abruptly in mid-March, it became clear that some finality was needed to conclude the semester of piano study. Two weeks before the virtual recital, the students all agreed to practice diligently and perform some of their favorite pieces.
The Port Washington students were excitedly surprised to see the appreciative audience of family and friends. Nearly 150 people appeared on zoom from around the Globe. Guests from England, many cities in Western Canada and all over the United States including people from Georgia, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey and many parts of New York watched the students perform
Devyn Sivin warmly welcomed the guests and expressed her appreciation to Pleines for organizing this unique recital. Each student introduced themselves and chose pieces from their repertoire representing the various musical eras–Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary. Performers included Devyn Sivin, Agathi Ketechis, Carly Sommer, Hannah West, Katie West, Morgan Sim, Nate Sim, William Schroeder, Lucia Schroeder, Connor Worms, Violet Worms, Luca Mayeri and Oliver Mayeri. Abigail Smith concluded the recital with her program and thanked Pleines for being a beacon of hope and light during this difficult time.
Closing remarks by Pleines included her appreciation for the students and parents for the cooperation required to make this recital possible. Special treats had been delivered to each home, so that at the conclusion of the evening, the family could celebrate together.
—Submitted by Ruth Pleines