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Standing ovation

The Goois Museum in Hilversum, a 20-minute train ride from Amsterdam, had started a series of concerts on Sunday afternoons.

The museum staff made sure we had enough to drink and everything we needed.

The performance was only one hour long with no intermission. But it was sold out!

It happened so quickly.

The guitarist and violinist walked in and then out. I walked in with the violinist to play the Dutch composer Heleen Veleur's violin/piano pieces. The violinist walked out. I stayed and played my short 1 minute Making Magic.

By the time I finished, I felt the aggregate body heat. The room had gotten stuffy!

We ended the concert with the much loved tangos of Astor Piazzolla, followed by an encore.

Much to our surprise, the audience got up and applauded. Their faces were full of admiration and appreciation. We were over the moon.

As I made my way downstairs where free wine was being served, I couldn't help feeling like a star. Is this how it feels to give a good performance?

My friends had driven from Leiden to see us perform. They bought our CD's. We have to do another concert soon!

31 March 2002 Sunday

Easter concerts in Holland