It has become tradition in this space to offer up a musical selection that fits the tenor of this day. Three years ago (or was it 300?) we highlighted the 4th Movement to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as a way of ushering in the New Year with, shall we say, a bang, not a whimper. (Apologies to T.S. Eliot on that line!)
So today, looking forward to a presidential inauguration, an end to this damn pandemic (let us pray in the manner we see fit…), and just, by golly, another year in which we are still breathing and able to reach out to our fellow human beings traveling along with us on this not-so-long and vexing, though still, let us not forget, often joyous road, I figured, “How about another scintillating 4th movement of an orchestral classic?!”
And just like that, here appeared Mr. Dvořák, and the Berlin Philharmonic, and the marvelously named (and coiffed) Gustavo Dudamel, conducting his heart out on behalf of the good parts, the connected parts, the best parts, of our shared humanity. Profound appreciation to them all for filling the bill with such élan in this dramatic and beautiful piece.
And to you all, too, for engaging here in the ways that you do.
So here’s to at least something resembling a “New World,” not that the old one can ever be left wholly and immediately behind. But a slightly kinder world of greater comity (and just a smidgen of Maestro Dudamel’s magnificent energy) would be a very nice start. Now be gone with you, 2020!
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