To say that Sasha, originally from Russia, is a junior at my daughter's high school would be a correct, but gross understatement. As a sophomore, she was already the concertmaster of the top orchestra in the school. I have heard about her from my daughter, but never saw her until last December when I went to a fundraiser concert at a local bookstore. The main program of the performance was by the jazz band, something I always look forward to for its relaxed atmosphere and excellent music.
Before the jazz music, however, I was happily surprised to be treated to Sasha's solo performance. Oh, my! She was poised and beautiful as you can see in her portrait. Her performance was even more dazzling. Years of practice must have gotten into her level of musicianship. Talented? Yes. But I always put more stock to single-minded dedication. As a parent of a young musician myself, I was proud of Sasha as if she were my own daughter. Thank you, Sasha, for your great performance!