Attending symphony performances is not something I do, exactly – but I did attend one yesterday, in Pembroke, Ontario, & … wow!!

I was there to see the premier symphony orchestra appearances of two young ladies I know (& of whom I am greatly fond). They happen to be only 13 & 15, both multi-talented young women. I went without expectations – not really having any sense of what to expect.

Well!! The performance of Georg Philipp Telemann's Viola Concerto in G Major by Jethro Marks & the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra was so stunning it moved me to tears within seconds. You know a piece of music is well performed & beautiful when tears are suddenly sliding utterly unexpectedly down your cheeks (& you know all too well how tough a customer you are, crying-wise, as a rule, requiring multiple blows to the head or heart before yielding to the precious healing release of tears).

It was a fabulous performance – a real honest-to-goodness knockout. (What a memorable, amazing experience for these two young performers!!) (Also Beethoven's 5th, btw. Hooey!!!!)

Inevitably, of course, it made me think of how the metaphor of the symphony applies to one’s work/environmental work/life/Life. What a delight it is to be a small but integral part of a much larger ensemble – to know that doing one’s piece well serves the group/collective & truly is an essential contribution to the creation of a thing of real beauty. One does not need to be a “star,” or to stand out – it is, after all, an ensemble performance – requiring everyone’s best, of course, without the need for pushy egos trying to hog the stage & crowd one another out.

I was at this special occasion with very dear friends indeed – & while there we ran into another very special mutual friend; bonus, bonus, bonus!!!

Ahhhhhhhhhhh, but it was a grand time.

Not a discordant note in the entire lovely afternoon.

I’d told Lynn I’d used the Alice Walker quotation “Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise” as the blog’s ‘Quote of the day’ on Saturday.

Harumph! I said to her. Never mind frugally!! I’m living extravagantly on surprise.

Life is good.

Janet :)

‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.” – William Henry Channing