Sometimes I am tempted to stop blogging on a basically weekly basis, but then someone will let me know that they read my musings, and that inspires me to keep on keeping on.
It happened Sunday evening in the Bill Heard Theater at the River Center. Shortly after a friend and I took our seats in the audience, my friend started a conversation with a lady in the row in front of us. Turns out the lady’s teenage daughter plays French Horn with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, which was about to play its part of a concert titled ASYO & CSU Philharmonic “Atlanta Day.”
When I heard that, I commented that my son and daughter-in-law played French Horn in their high schools’ concert bands. When another lady sitting with her husband also in the row in front of us heard that, she volunteered that their son plays the French Horn in the Columbus State University Philharmonic, which would be playing the second half of the “Atlanta Day” concert. They had come down from Scranton, PA to hear their son play in a number of concerts this weekend.
As she was saying that, her gaze focused on me, and she asked, “Are you a writer … a reporter?”
She must have recognized me from my picture on this blog. “I thought so,” she exclaimed, and explained that she and her husband read posts on this blog about the Schwob School of Music. They were impressed and decided Schwob might be the school that would be right for their son. She said that it turned out that it is, and they are glad he is here.
That’s definitely a compliment, because she should know a good school of music when she sees one; she is a middle and high school band director herself.
We’re glad he’s here, too, because that means he passed auditions, and to do that he simply has to be a truly talented musician. Schwob, with its internationally respected teachers, generous scholarships, and impressive facilities, attracts really fine college musicians from all over the world.
As far as the Sunday concert is concerned, both orchestras brought the house down with their inspired performances. The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra bussed its one hundred members to Columbus for some master class lessons, a look at the River Center, and to play in the Sunday concert. Schwob School of Music leaders added that it was also a good opportunity to do some recruiting. Those Atlanta kids were truly impressive when they played Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Alexander Borodin’s charming Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor.
That experience made me reflect on how CSU’s College of the Arts has transformed downtown Columbus into a charming, vibrant, happening place again. More on that coming up. Stay tuned.