They provided me with an enjoyable weekend.
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s all-Tchaikovsky concert Saturday evening provided a wonderful demonstration of how the sound of a first-class orchestra can lift your spirits to dazzling heights. It was a marvelous experience in transporting sound. And the champagne and dessert reception before the concert didn’t hurt. It really helped that the dessert came in small portions. You got that great taste without sending your blood sugar through the roof.
Watching Episode 1 of Ken Burn’s “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” was also a special experience. I have read a few books about Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt and thought I knew a lot about them. Watching the Burn’s film provided not only some things I didn’t know, but did it in an arresting way with the use of historic movie film and still photographs to great effect. I knew that Theodore liked war, but I didn’t realize how he took great pleasure in being a killer in Cuba during the Spanish-American War until I saw the Burn’s film. It wasn’t something he had to do, but something that he wanted to do. That was one side of him. Another side was his drive to improve the lives of the working class of America, even though he was a wealthy New York aristocrat. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series on GPTV which runs all this week.