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.