Saying Goodbye… – Stephanie Heriger

Last weekend’s performances marked the end of the 2006-2007 concert season (at least for the Mellon Grand Classics series) and it was a fitting end – Beethoven’s ninth and final symphony is simply awe-inspiring.

For me, however, the night was more than a little bittersweet. 

As
I write this, I am preparing to move to New Orleans to teach Elementary
Special Education in what is now known as the Recovery School
District.  It’s not at all what I had envisioned for myself, but the
need is great and I feel compelled to go.  I leave next week.


It
will be difficult for me to say goodbye to Pittsburgh (again).  This
city has always been more than my hometown, it has been – and will
continue to be – the place where I feel most at home.


Perhaps
this is why the Beethoven struck such a chord with me.  As Mark Rohr
explained, the Ninth is a "journey from darkness into light, from chaos
to brotherhood."  Philadelphia might hold the title, but for me,
Pittsburgh will forever be The City of Brotherly Love.  I will miss it
terribly.


I will also miss my nights (and sometime days) at Heinz Hall. My year as a PSO Blogger has been a joy. I’ve enjoyed hearing your thoughts; hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading mine.  

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