Last night my son joined me for an all-Hindemith program performed by the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic at Severance Hall, home of The Cleveland Orchestra. Our firm had worked on the recruiting of CMU's new head of the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts. I felt this was a tremendous opportunity to experience first hand the reason we did that particular search, which was not easy but which was very rewarding.
I was not surprised by the talent represented on that hallowed stage last night. And it really was a privilege for me to be able to listen and watch these students express so much depth in their playing. My son really enjoyed the concert and it was a nice plus to be able to share it with him. He was pretty baffled at the difference between this student orchestra and the one at his school, but I reminded him that these kids practice many hours a day.
I know this blog is mostly about bluegrass. But the same side of me that loves the structure and form of bluegrass loves the side I grew up in, classical music. Music performance, history, or theory can be a vital part of education, as can any art form, if our public policy makers would just be able to see the enormous benefits of studying the arts. Arts education teases out different parts of our brains that help the other parts all work better as a whole. We are whole people.
I'll share here an excerpt from Hindemith's Mathis de Maler, which was performed last night. The title refers to two different works by Hindemith; one was an opera and the other this symphonic piece, both composed in 1933-34. I found this particular movement quite beautiful, and I was deeply moved by the depth and passion in these young players.
It's all music. It's all good.