Last week I was in Baltimore for the NCTE Conference. Seeing old friends, meeting new friends, words of inspiration, and finding new books to read and share were just a few of my many take-aways. But one experience, in particular, stood out.
On Thursday evening, my friend Lynne and I attended the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. I had read quite a bit about the conductor, Marin Alsop, and watched her interviews. So when I discovered that she would be conducting a concert while I was in Baltimore, I knew I had to go.
As Marin walked confidently onto the stage, the crowd erupted into a cheer, clearly pleased by her presence. Throughout the evening I watched as she used her body, hands, and facial expressions to lead. Her graceful movements conveyed exactly how she wished the music to be interpreted. There was no need for her to follow a score – the music was a part of her soul.
I sat right up front, just as I did as a child at Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra concerts where my parents were violinists. I felt the passion of the musicians while the music allowed me to wonder and wander. Music strong, music soft, harmonies and melodies combining to create a unique experience for each individual.
This musical end to a busy day was just what I needed. Thank you, Baltimore Symphony and especially, Marin Alsop. You are the inspiration for my words.