Today I would like to submit that an audience which is falling asleep, bored, uninvolved and uninterested is somewhat the fault of the performer! What?! Yes, presentation is everything.
Here is an example of Peter Bence involving the audience, and the energy that flows from them to him and back again is very apparent.
Think of ways to involve your audience: introduce yourself. Give some background on the piece, composer, or form of the music you are presenting. Share what personal meaning it has. Point out various elements to listen for during performance. Is there a way you can have someone on stage with you in some small part? (turning pages? playing a particular part with you?) Be creative! Be innovative! Be interesting!
Enjoy the clip!
Musically, Ms. Karen