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Kerstin is an ex logistics manager turned Red Cross executive volunteer. She loves horses, anything with chocolate in it and trees.
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I’m not a very musical person. It’s not that I haven’t tried. From lessons playing the glockenspiel (yes, I’m the kid whose drumstick broke in week 2 and never got replaced…) to the flute (in year 2 I started biting on the mouthpiece, hoping it would break and I could sneak out of classes…), piano/keyboard (my skills were so great that the teacher fell asleep within the first five accords. Every.Single.Time.) and the violin (quite annoying to carry that monstreous case on a 90min way to school by foot-bus-train-foot and back). My parents really tried to plant that musical seed. With minor success.
But still, I like music. My last concert was at Frankfort Special. And Combichrist. And Bruce Springsteen. And AC/DC. And Holger. And…. Well. Let’s say I like other people playing music.
Since safe evening events in Belize City that do not involve drinking are quite rare –Since our trip to Belize is all about making new experiences – I finally made it to one of the free concerts at the Bliss Centre of Performing Arts. About once a month a local or international performance is offered to the public for a minimum fee or even for free. Like this Saturday night. A piano concert by Alejandrina Villamil from Merida, Mexico. Actually my very first piano concert.
My past concert experiences mostly included sweating. A LOT of it. And screaming. Some drinking. Mostly water – of course (hi mom!). Piano concerts seem to be different. Ok, it started somewhat on time. Most of the audience arrived the usual Belizean 20min late. Instead of sweating we grapped our sweaters since the A/C is set to freezing. Screaming is reserved to the kids in the audience that need to go to the bathroom. And drinking.. well.. better not. Or one of the girls in the circus-like-uniform will tackle you down. (Actually the rule makes sense – otherwise you would find most of the place covered in plastic cups and rice-and-beans-and-chicken-leftovers).
The concert itself, I have to admit, was nice. Very nice actually. That tiny lady with braces did a wonderful piece of art on that stage. The program says she played Johann Sebastian Bach and Sergei Rachmaninoff, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms, Ravel, Liszt and Chopin. I could not tell. I just enjoyed it. That lady was really great in catching the audience with a fascinating mix of calm, silent, introverted pieces as much as she did with the loud, the complicated hands-crossing-100-sounds-per-second-pieces. And she did that with so much focus and joy at the very same time. It was really fun and enlightning to watch and listen.
If I have the choice between AC/DC and a piano concert, I’d still go for the old men, sorry Alejandrina. But until that happens in Belize City – I like to thank you Alejandrina Villamil for this very nice evening. I will not become a piano concert stalker, but I’m pretty sure this night widened my musical horizon -at least a little bit. Thank you for that!