An Emotional Response

I spent the last five days in the Berkshires with the Road Scholar’s super cultural program which included viewing the Berkshire Play House production of “Arsenic and Old Lace”, the Jacob’s Pillow productions of Dash and Camilla Browne’s linguistic dance about the games little Black girls play, and a visit to MoMa to view the installation of Nick Cave. Of course the program also included a rehearsal and two concerts at Tanglewood. The above accompanied by workshops given by professional critics, choreographers and musicians enlightened and delighted me.

 

For me one of the Tanglewood performances evoked the greatest emotional response. It had been at least a year since I listened to live classical music played by the best of the best, in this case, the Boston Symphony Orchestra featuring the Brahms Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra. The duet featured Gil Shaham on the violin and Alisa Weilerstein on the cello. The music was so powerful that it invoked memories of my beloved husband and I sitting close in many concert halls, sometimes holding hands, while enthralled by the pure sounds of the great musicians performing on stage. How blessed we were to enjoy and appreciate the wonderful talent shared by truly gifted musicians. May others by inspired and uplifted by such beauty.

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