Yesterday, I mentioned to the students at Rise and Shine that if they were interested and able to attend the concert, I was willing to pay for the ticket. I didn't expect over 10 of them to be able to come! I was out a few shillings, but was so so happy to do it for them. Especially since they WALKED from Kawangware to see the performance. They gave me so much by being there.
Following the Mozart, the five of us left the stage and hugged Christina and Ellen goodbye as they hurried to the airport to catch their flight back to New York. Brian and I will be returning to New York tomorrow.
Seeing our students filling the hall today was really the perfect ending to such a meaningful outreach project, and a wonderful culmination of a year of hard work both as teachers and performers. It was like the end of a great, tear-jerking movie, everyone brought together by the music.