Those who present the music, dance, theatre, art, poetry, or design are veritable stewards of the holiday traditions we hold dear. When you are out experiencing the delights, think about the designers of the cards you are sending, the musicians in the studio, or the artisans creating unique pieces that inspire that “hard to buy for” person on your list. We may get lost in the commercialization, but as we are reminded about the real meaning of the holidays, think also about the real meaning of the arts – and what the continued support of those who cultivate it mean. Imagine the holidays without music, decorations or traditions. It’s just a thought.
From time to time, we come across a piece that we want to share with our readers. The second thought for the day comes from Linda Ganus. Linda has many roles at Lehigh University: Music Department program coordinator and designer, admissions coordinator, orchestra assistant, and flute instructor. She has recently written an interesting personal perspective on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Linda has performed this piece hundreds of times, but most recently produced (with Lehigh University Orchestra conductor Eugene Albulescu) a visual interpretation of the Nutcracker Suite to accompany the famous composition. This visual work was premiered at the Lehigh Philharmonic concert last weekend. Her relationship with the piece, the story, and the various complex discussions about the Nutcracker inspired her to share these thoughts on her blog. Here is a bit:
“It seems pleasantly surprising to me that amidst all the sanctimonious discussion (often bordering on intolerance) that surrounds celebration and inclusion or exclusion of various religious holidays around this time of year that the Nutcracker story and music should still be so ensconced in our celebrations.” Read more.