Yesterday the Marin Symphony opened it’s sixty-season with “From Russia With Love,” featuring the works of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich with guest artist, Jon Nakamatsu.
As I sat there surrounded by that glorious music, filled up with it, made complete by it, it got me to thinking that no matter how good your home sound system is, there is nothing, absolutely nothing that can compare to experiencing a full symphony orchestra live. Not only does all that grand sound become a part of you, you become a part of it. Somehow you are no longer just a spectator, but a part of the total experience for indeed, without you, the audience, there could be no symphony, or any music at all for that matter.
And, more than just listening, when you watch the orchestra your experience is enhanced by connecting the sound with the movements of the various instruments, watching the musicians individually and watching the whole. It’s almost like a hive of bees. The hive could not exist without each individual bee, but that bee is of little value without the hive and all the other bees, and of course the conductor, the queen bee. Watching him extract the best from each instrument is thrilling in it’s self; watching him gently subdue all those elements to the softest whisper of sweet sound and then, with a few energetic movements produce such a crescendo, such a surge and swelling of sound – gotta’ love that timpani!
This is something everyone should have on their bucket list. This glorious experience is particularly something every young person should experience.
“… but I just can’t afford things like the symphony … “ you say.
Well, with the average ticket being between $25.00 and $50.00 let’s just take a look at affordability.
What do movie tickets currently cost? Don’t go to a movie 2 or 3 times and you can easily afford to have this uplifting experience, an experience that just may change the way you enjoy music for the rest of your life.
How much do you spend on a burger, fries and a soda? Hell, how much do you spend each week on coffee drinks? And these things are momentary, temporary, transient. Attending a live symphony performance is an experience that will be with you for a lifetime.
Yes, the Marin Symphony needs your patronage, but more to the point, you need the symphony. The community needs the symphony. You may still buy tickets for tomorrow night’s performance of “From Russia With Love,” with guest artist Jon Nakamatsu, and do check out the schedule for the 2013/14 Marin Symphony season.
This is your symphony, your treasure and your opportunity to get Up Close and Personal with music.