A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of intertwining my three greatest passions: music, photography and history. As a participant, I would never think to write a review but I do have some thoughts and reflections on this concert and those involved.
To the musicians: I have always believed that music is not just rhythm, notes and perfection of pitch, but an expressive and emotional moment. Amos Lee’s performance moved me. There is a passion to his playing that touches the heart and I look forward to hearing him again. Although I was singing during “At the River,” I was touched by the tenderness of the singing. The feeling was like we all were whispering a well-known secret to the audience.
Two things make moments like that happen. One is a conductor who encourages the absolute best from the chorus and the other is the work put in by each individual. Congratulations to you all; you were fabulous. I realize I have not mentioned everyone by name, but please know that your work and your dedication do not go unnoticed.
To the photographers: Someone once told me you could not photograph music and I have never agreed with that statement because the world around us is musical, whether the sound of children playing or bees buzzing by. Saturday night, due to the vision of one individual and the talents of the Nashoba Valley Photo Club (NVPC), my point was proven. I spoke with Charlene Oelfke when this idea came into being and asked if she would present the idea to NVPC and see if they would be willing to provide slides for the program. They agreed to this wholeheartedly. Charlene was the gatherer of the photographs to fit the music and what she presented exceeded my expectations. There were photographs that brought back memories long-forgotten. Music does provoke emotion and our music was enhanced by visual beauty as well. Thank you, Charlene Oelfke, for your wonderful humor, your hard work and your artistic vision. I also thank the Nashoba Valley Photo Club and other photographers for providing the beautiful photographs. Because of your gifts we, the audience, were able to look inside a flower, see a bird singing and, in one instance, were transported to many parts the world.
Every performance needs what I call “glue” to connect everything. In the case of Saturday night it was bits and pieces about the songs and composers that were told by our host of the evening, John Rounds. I thank you for your commitment to the task and your gift of expression; something I have always admired.
In closing, I would like to say that I truly enjoyed working with everyone involved in every task, from the concert rehearsals, the evening of reviewing the slides, putting up posters, formatting the program, making a dessert to share, the actual performance and the fellowship with the performers and audience provided afterwards by Sylvia Shipton.