Will is playing his first wedding next month. His dad is playing trumpet. Two of his teachers are getting married, and they asked him to do the honors. I was really touched that they would ask!
Meanwhile, he is practicing for his graduation recital on May 10 at St. Joseph Chapel and the concert he is most excited about, June 10 at 7:30 Gesu Church on the Schantz organ. It’s free, so if anybody in the Milwaukee area wants to hear some wonderful music on the evening of June 10, come on down. He’s playing Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, Meditation from Suite Medievale by Langlais, Vierne’s complete Second Symphony with a last movement that will raise the roof on old Gesu, and some beautiful hymn arrangements by Paul Manz, among other pieces.
He is concluding with Toccata Festiva by Richard Purvis, the very first piece he encountered at Gesu at four months of age, as played by his very first mentor, John Weissrock. Hearing that one at Gesu will be emotional for me and Tom both as we remember that day so well when he was carried up into the loft to hear John play it. With Will leaving for college in August, it’s kind of a demarcation concert of the end of us doing our primary parental job. Get me the tissue box! (I was folding his school uniform shirt this weekend out of the dryer and got all sniffy. Oh dear.) Six weeks left of high school. Where does it all go?
Here is J.S. Bach’s majestic Prelude and Fugue in E Minor that Will is going to be playing at Gesu. I hope you enjoy it!