Thursday, April 7, 2016

Concert Notes... a beginning

For our final concert I have decided to write what are commonly referred to as concert notes. Many classical music fans know these 1 page writings by conductors and music leaders often talk about the break down and make up of the music that is heard on the concert. I find those very enlightening. But what really excites me is when these individuals clearly express their joy and excitement for the music with personal connections or stories related to the performance I am about to hear. So here is my second paragraph (this is a draft) of the "notes" I will be sharing in our program for our concert on May 13, 7:30pm at St. Mark's on the Campus in Lincoln, NE.

Families are complicated collections of individuals. The Lincoln Choral Artists are no exception. Our mission is to serve the community “Lincoln Family” by providing an excellent music experience for our audiences and members. This takes effort, commitment, and perseverance. I’m reminded of a great moment in Aaron Sorkin’s West Wing. The US Poet Laureate says “An artist's job is to captivate you for however long we've asked for your attention. If we stumble into truth, we got lucky. And I don't get to decide what truth is.” We can’t pretend that world doesn’t exist and that fear and pain are not a part of living in community, living in family. But there is hope, joy, promise, and love that can help us endure as individuals in a community, a family.

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