In My Own Words
Thoughts on Education, Artistry, and Leadership

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Daniel M. Reck performs a trio of the famous and favorite Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel.

Patrons received exclusive early access to this post.

“Evening Prayer,” known in German as “Abendsegen,” is among the most admired music from Englebert Humperdinck’s 1893 opera, which is based on the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale about the titular Hänsel and Gretel.  It was Humperdinck's sister, Adelheid Weete, who proposed the opera and also wrote the liberetto.

This video is a trio performance of Victor L. Gumma's versatile arrangement from National Music Publishers.  

Two sets of handbells and a piano are ready in a studio.

This music education project has taken a long time to get rolling.  There were a lot of life hurdles —  not the least of which was a big move that upended everything.

Finally though, I'm in the studio doing what I love: Making music.  It has been a long time.

I'm a soloist, right? so you'd think that being self-isolated for a month wouldn't be a big deal.  

Daniel wants to be a TERRIBLE MAGICIAN, and you can help.

I want to be a TERRIBLE MAGICIAN. And you can help.

My goal here is to do something that amazes you, and then show you exactly how you can do it, too.  Yeah, so it's not magic. It's music.

For everyone who has been supporting behind the scenes, thank you. For everyone else, here's your chance strengthen your brain and the brains of our kids.  If you can offer support even at the Applause or Ovation levels, you'll be making a BIG difference.

Thank you.

(And check out that end card music... my patrons got a behind-the-scenes preview of it earlier this week before the post went public!)