Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Performance tips, please?

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Hello!

 I have been asked to perform for a senior home an hour's worth of songs for the entertainment of their guests. What is the proper etiquette in this situation as far as taking a bow, and announcing song names? It is a paid gig, but still seems pretty informal. I thought about not giving them so it would be a surprise, but if I didn't I fear they may not recall the song! The songs are pretty much classics (Frankie Blue Eyes, maybe a little Dean Martin, etc) something they would remember way back when. Thanks much!


Andrew

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Hi, Andrew!

Thank you for your note and congratulations on your upcoming concert!!

If there is no "program" that you have submitted to this facility - or a "theme" selected -
you are not required to share what pieces you are playing prior to the event.

If you are comfortable talking with these residents -- It would be a nice gesture
to introduce each piece - if you like.  

If you'd prefer not to do this - I would suggest that before you play - just mention to the audience that you will be playing somefavorite selections by... blah blah blah..that you are sure they will all recognize...  Just to give them a general idea of what you will be doing. Who doesn't love Sinatra and Dean?  
Am sure they will love all that you do.

As far as bowing..  I'd say that's a little "formal" in that most senior settings are not on stage.  If you ARE on stage ( rare occasion) you certainly can acknowledge your group by doing a quick head nod at the piano and thank them all for attending.

Most senior groupings are held in relatively small rooms -- very informal -  and if the person hiring you has no "bio" to present - feel free to share a few things about you, Andrew -

There really is no definite guideline when doing these performances -- My best suggestion to you is to SMILE -- try to keep contact with them and not get buried in the piano -- and
be sure to wear something appropriate - i.e. sport jacket, suit, etc.

IF you are able - ask for requests at the end. That is always a huge hit with the people.

Have fun!!  Kathie  

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