014 – Changed by Art

The point is, art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed… because people are changed by art – enriched, ennobled, encouraged – they then act in a way that may affect the course of events… by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think

– Leonard Bernstein

I am so very grateful to have been invited to attend a beautiful performance by the Oregon Symphony Orchestra of Haydn, Bartók and Stravinsky today at our lovely downtown concert hall.

The music was superb.  Especially the Bartók concerto that featured a masterful Finish violinist.   She showed exceptional skill and the music had a playful quality that enamored us all.

During the intermission I was taken by these delightfully humorous figureheads atop some posts outside the venue.  I enjoy being tickled by music and art.

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring was the headline piece and it featured a multimedia presentation of video during the performance.   The video part of the performance really stirred up quite a conversation afterward, mostly due to the general feeling that the video was distracting and lacking in visual appeal.

Maybe leave Stravinsky to the ears and imagination next time?

Either way, I feel changed for the better by art a little more today, and for that, I’m grateful.





  1. A Donkey King and a Jester can indeed change one’s mood and thoughts. Perhaps laughter is good tool when dealing with a Donkey President. It’s said that art and music lead changes in culture.

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