Stop and listen – Cynthia Closkey

refresh, photo by biskuit on Flickr

This week is a crammed one for me, with some challenges at work, scheduling conflicts in volunteer groups I work with, and the daily minutia of trying to live a happy and healthy life.

With all that’s going on, I’m particularly looking forward to one event coming up: the Classical Season Preview Concert this Friday evening at the Symphony. It will be my reward for surviving the week, a treat to usher in the weekend and rejuvenate the mind and senses.

I have little idea of what will be performed, and I like it that way. From the title I gather that there will be sections and elements from the works coming up this season. I’m not knowledgable about classical music, so this will be a bit of a primer for me — quite helpful.

But what I’m looking forward to this Friday and in the coming season — a major reason why I am excited to join the Symphony blog — is the opportunity to incorporate music into my life. I listen to the songs in my iTunes library every day, constantly, but that selection is obviously limited and informed only by what I already know.

A new season of Pittsburgh Symphony concerts brings new works, works that are well-known by most but new to me, and new interpretations and combinations. All this fresh mental input can lead to nothing less than joy.

(Photo credit: "refresh" by biskuit on Flickr.)

2 Responses to “Stop and listen – Cynthia Closkey”

  1. amm says:

    The satisfaction of experiencing the familiar in a different way, the joy of hearing something new: that’s part of what I love about subscribing to the symphony. And live music is so vastly different from recorded, even if recorded live: the emotion, the unknown, the journey, the collaboration (not just among the musicians, or even the orchestra and the conductor, but also with the audience).
    Enjoy the season!

  2. Doug Bauman says:

    The photo goes well with your post!

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