A Staff Member Speaks From The Heart
I love what I do. I love the performances, the array of guest artists I’ve been fortunate to meet, and the orchestra musicians I’ve come to know and am proud to be connected to. I love brainstorming new community engagement events with my fellow staff members and community leaders. I believe wholeheartedly in the importance and significance of each and every one of our music education programs (and those thank you letters from all the school children never fail to make me weepy). But I admit – I often succumb to the stress of reports, deadlines, meetings, and general office busy-ness.
So when something breaks through the white noise, when I’m hit with a profound reminder of why art is so important, of how quickly music can reach out its powerful hand and shake my creative spirit awake, I feel invigorated and excited. On October 13, the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra presented Prodigies – Beethoven & Beyond. Conrad Tao and the orchestra sucked the air out of the room. Even the occasional empty seat perked up to listen. The hall sizzled with a collective rush of emotion. A standing ovation; an encore. Just recalling it now brings me more energy than this second cup of coffee sitting forgotten at my desk.
Everyone’s usually still a little tired on the Monday following a concert weekend. But not yesterday. Yesterday I was eager to get to my desk and get cracking. I believe that a professional orchestra is a crucial element in a city that stimulates, inspires and grows with the people that call it home. Sacramento is the capitol of California. This great state is renowned for innovation and ingenuity. But innovation and ingenuity rely on creativity. And creativity needs to be nurtured, fostered, exemplified. Saturday night was my wake up call.
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Audience members chime in…
Your message says what so many people need to hear …I am constantly impressed by Maestro Morgan’s enthusiasm , determination, and creativity when it comes to all he does to bring music to the community, especially to schools. We are very lucky to have him here. Please tell him that there are many of us cheering him on and grateful for his efforts. The first concert also was delightful and interesting. My husband and I enjoy being exposed to new music and artists, and appreciate having the chance to stretch our experiences. Thank you for making it possible for us!… The capital of such an important state NEEDS a professional orchestra, and our young people need to be made aware of it. Do not give up or become discouraged! There are many of us who depend on you. — A Fan in Fair Oaks
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time and were so impressed by the amazing talent! Conrad is by far the most gifted pianist I have ever seen – at one point his hands were just a blur because he was playing so quickly! It was incredible! — Young Concert-goers
What an outstanding concert you, the orchestra and Mr. Tao gave us last night! His playing was quite stunning in both the Beethoven and the incredibly virtuosic Liszt. The highlight of the evening for us was your interpretation of the Mendelssohn. If I had a recording of you and the Philharmonic of the Scottish I would toss all my others away. — Fans Commenting on our Website
This email is to congratulate you and all of those involved in the Viva la Musica Concert. It was amazing and as a Latina, I felt very proud of your organization and Sacramento itself. I want to thank you so much for recognizing the importance of Latino composers and their talent. — A Latina in Sacramento