(Just a note… tonights posting was to talk about the ‘last flight’ of the space shuttle. However something inspiring happened last night and even though words can not convey emotions, I had to write about it. I understand that few have an ear for classical music but I ask you please allow my digression.)
My daughter said a few hours before the concert that I may be surprised. That comment was in response to my mentioning that I was thinking of skipping the first half of a performance by the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. Yes even here, metaphorically, at the end of the road I found a symphony orchestra. I have lived in Alaska for 17 years and never even thought to look for one here.
In Philadelphia I held a season subscription to the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. The last performance I had the privilege of attending was Beethoven’s 9th and it was indeed a moving experience. But when I found out that we had a symphony orchestra here in Fairbanks, I had to go to at least one concert. However being used to hearing one of the finest orchestras in the nation I was not expecting much at a concert in ‘Alaska’.
Well back to what my daughter said to me… The first 4 movements were featuring local musicians in something called the ‘Concerto Competition Winner’s Concert’. Now anytime I see the word (concerto) I have never like the music presented. It is usually preformed by a small part of the orchestra and for the most part I prefer hearing only the massively moving performances played by the entire ensemble. Well once again she was right.
First there was a 10 year boy, Alex Apicella-Adams who’s wonderful performance would not have been out of place if he was at the ‘Met’ in New York city. Then there was a young girl, Rachel Lindley, who’s performance had the house on there feet with applause and three curtain calls. It was then I knew that music, truly great music was not dictated by geography. When the 76 member orchestras last notes of the 1812 overture faded I rose and joined the audience in applause.
On the long ride home I kept going back in my mind to the beauty and power of that performance…
and could only pray that I would experience those moments again.