Do you have a symphony orchestra nearby? Our local Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra performs only 30 minutes from my house. On Sunday, my husband, my parents and I went to hear the Symphony perform Dona Nobis Pacem, a cantata by Ralph Vaughan Williams, along with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
What a performance! The Messiah College Concert Choir, The Choral Arts Society, the Susquehanna Chorale, and the Alumni Chorale of Lebanon Valley College, plus some wonderful soloists joined with the Harrisburg Symphony to create a stellar production! The instrumentalists, choirs and soloists were all superb! As was the conductor, Stuart Malina. We are so blessed to have such a fine conductor and orchestra in our area.
The symphony concertmaster is Odin Rathnam. Odin is a fabulous violinist and a wonderful teacher, kind and generous. Two of my sons were privileged to study with him some years ago. Every chance I got, I stayed for their lessons. Odin is truly a master teacher, with that gift of coaching in a way that you will never forget. Although I am a singer and pianist, I learned so much from him that I can apply to my own performing and teaching.
On Sunday, Odin's solo in the Vaughan Williams was so sweet and beautiful - I never tire of hearing him play. And you can hear some of his charming playing here. But if you live near Harrisburg, do make a date with the Symphony. It will enrich your spirit!