First Music Extravaganza in Tennessee

A couple of weeks after we moved to TN our friends, the Courter Family, hosted an educational music event in their delightful home for families in the local area.  Our friend Ben Botkin gave two lectures on the mechanics and morality of music, and a variety of classical and folk performances were interspersed before, between, and after his talks.


My sister Laura & I performed a number of violin / piano duets, including Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet, Czárdás by Vittorio Monti, Pachelbel’s beloved Canon in D, and an arrangement of How Beautiful I wrote last year for my wedding.

This was our first music event to attend in Tennessee, and both of us had a thoroughly fantastic time participating, learning, and hearing the other musicians perform.  And performing while 35 weeks pregnant was certainly a new adventure for me.  :]

Ben’s lectures were excellent.  I hope to go through my notes and post some thoughts from his talks up here on the blog soon…  But here are a few pictures to enjoy in the meantime!

Laura Verret Performing Piano | The Music Blog
My sister Laura – totally the most dedicated and funnest accompanist I have ever had!


Audience at Music Event | The Music Blog

Our friends, the Verniers, performed a fun assortment of classical, folk, and celtic pieces.

Ben Botkin Lectures on Music | The Music Blog
Ben giving his lecture on the mechanics of music.


P.S.  Ben is a skilled composer & film score artist – you should check out his website and listen to some of his work here: –