A massive 150+ students attended the concert with hour-block intervals, playing piano, guitar, violin and singing too. After nearly an hour wait, Dean was called up to play his piece.
In a very humble and professional manner, Dean introduced himself, got seated and prepared to play.
What a performance!
Dean started off at a steady quicker pace, but didn't seem fazed at the pace he set, and the audience were captivated as he played through the classical piece without fault. Even at the end, Dean ensured to keep the final chord ringing for effect, before releasing the keys and standing up to receive a warm, positive response from the audience - well done Dean!!
I remember a few months ago, playing through 'Fur Elise' for Dean and Dean saying, 'I'll never be able to play that!!" Well, today, Dean played the piece as good as anyone could ever play the piece and for that I can not say how proud I am of him!
Afterwards, there were even audience members coming up to Dean and his Mum, Vee, to say how impressed they were at his performance. When you get audience members feeling compelled enough to come up to you to say how much they enjoyed your playing, you know you have connected with them on a deeper level, and have succeeded in accomplishing what music is all about.