I’ve never been a very artistic guy. I was in band through Junior high and high school, and I was okay at it, but it was apparently it was never going to be my claim to fame.
Even before that though I had always had a great appreciation for the arts. It is mostly music, but I also really love plays and and dance, and other forms of art as well. I’ve never been a huge art museum kind of guy but I do appreciate some of that too.
It has been a really long time since we have really had the chance celebrate to go to many artistic events, so when my Queenie found a Christmas concert with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra she just bought the tickets and told me we were going. Which is fine by me.
We ended up taking the two girls and they both seemed to really enjoy it, though Hannah definitely got worn out. It was just such a fun, entertaining night. Not only did they have a great Orchestra, they had a choir, hand bells, tap dancers, a dog show, and a lovely soloist.
The highlight for me though was the conductor. He was dancing all over his platform, and even sang the Grinch song. You could just tell he loves what he does and really puts his heart into it. It is no wonder that his kids orchestras here in Reno have over 300 members, and they are adding two more to the three they already have.
It really makes me sad that the arts are slowly leaving schools in favor of chasing test scores. I hope that we don’t realize to late that the arts are what make life beautiful and colorful.
To quote Robin Williams in Dead Poet’s Society, or at least close, “Math, science, law, medicine, these are all necessary to sustain life. But, art, music beauty, these are what we sustain life for.”
I really hope my kids appreciate the value of art in their lives. You don’t have to love all of the different forms, but it is important to understand and appreciate the value that they are to life.