Saturday, May 10, 2014

Farmers Market 2014; Seth King-Gengler, concert pianist and student at Lawrence U.

What I saw at the farmers market

Who Is Silvia?

Who is Silvia? what is she,
        That all our swains commend her?
Holy, fair, and wise is she;
        The heaven such grace did lend her,
That she might admirèd be.

Is she kind as she is fair?
        For beauty lives with kindness.
Love doth to her eyes repair,
        To help him of his blindness,
And, being helped, inhabits there.

Then to Silvia let us sing,
        That Silvia is excelling;
She excels each mortal thing
        Upon the dull earth dwelling:
To her let us garlands bring.

                                    William Shakespeare

The prettiest thing I ever saw
happened to be at the market last Saturday.
So fortunate was I to spy her!

After kissing me - we're married - as we encountered
and comparing notes on what we'd seen
elsewhere, she continued on the Bryant bridge
over the River Fox...

Go right go wrong as waters flow
the Bryants got this right
the bridge above, the bears seen here
have given The 'Sha delight!

Flowers poked up in the Lombardi memorial
blooms gathering beauty as they waxeth
A run is advertised in its time, surely
certain as death and taxeth.

Cacti were offered as this one bought
from the pesto woman last summer
It goeth strong and so does she
sure blessings; not a bummer.

Above some farmers market usual suspects:
Kerry; Officer Bruce; Downtown alderman; The honey guy;  Farmer Zeke

Gazebo interior at the top, now by the State Bank
Note the Waukesha Seal insets made by the late Bob Uchner,
stained glass artist from Saylesville.

Planter, dead grass, in front of The Salty Toad

Waukesha Farmers market 

watch for this mutant variety again

(nfs, SRN)


Seth King-Gengler
a Waukesha talent

Lawrence University and Music Conservatory junior Seth King-Gengler gave his class recital on April 26, 2014.
He played three difficult numbers, two classical and one jazz.

I've known Seth ever since 2005 age 13 when his step-dad Nic
asked his friend at the Waukesha Old Car Club, Mel Stark, if he knew any
piano teachers who might take a listen to Seth and possibly give him some
formal instruction.  Seth was able to play as a self-taught wonder, Nic said.
He was using his uncle's electric keyboard where the keys lit up
showing you where to play.

Mel, written up here in the raccoon several times,
is a member of our church - 1st Congregational UCC, 100 E Broadway -
and is a close friend of retired piano teacher Sid Estenik, also a Congo-ite.
Mel asked Sid if he would take another student.  Mel said no, he was definitely retired.

Mel told Sid about Seth, suggesting maybe he should give a listen anyway.
Mel persisted and Sid okayed an audition just as a friend of Mel's.

The rest in history.

Sid's wife Mary said "Hey, I thought you weren't going to take any more piano students."

Sid replied, "I know I said that.  But this is different!" (Etc.)

The raccoon news invites you to give a listen to LU conservatory scholarship-receiving Seth 

Sid knew he was going to take Seth only so far and he would have to hand
him off to a more advanced teacher.  He taught Seth for 2-1/2 years. That is what happened. 
Along the way the Congo was the recipient of Seth's playing genius for special music at
Sunday services on occasion.  Sid was glad to give Seth that venue - the church -
and it gave Seth a chance to show his stuff.


 As it turned out, Mel Stark and Sidney Estenik, mother Cathy, and Nic did us all a huge favor.

The below picture was taken from my seat in the Peanut Gallery
with my lower crustacean cell camera.

Seth, left upper center in white shirt, was playing a special offertory piece
for us.  He later gave a recital in a music store basement hall in Wauwatosa
to show thanks for support shown him by church members and others.

Now we have only to watch this young man soar!  His proud parents
have given him he jump start he needed.  He's had other help,
and is as self-motivated as he was at the beginning of this saga.

Here is the jazz piece Seth played at his LU Junior Recital.
By Keith Jarett, with Seth's improvs:

Seth's gifts are multi-faceted, this shows.

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