|Our conductor Keitro Harada|
|Grandson and I in the 700 member orchestra|
|view from the bleachers|
|view from rear|
I was just two years older than my grandson when I first became a member of the Roanoke Symphony and it opened a door that I have been ever grateful for. It occurred when I was on the cusp of dropping out of serious musical study. It drew me back in and provided the incentive that would
provide the connections and skills that were the underpinnings of a career in music.
The ability to perform on an instrument at near professional level provides unique life experiences not available to most people. Properly used it affords deep friendships and contacts with other highly motivated and artistic musical talents. I wouldn't change one iota of the life I've been privileged to live as a teaching/working string musician. There is always the temptation to play a little god with our children, grandchildren and students. Though I pushed hard and provided the best I knew each has to find their own way.
The music we performed was a good mix of traditional and new music. The book ends of the program were Greig's, "In the Hall of the Mountain King" and Anderson's " Sleigh Ride". It was a most satisfying concert.