Over the years, I have had the pleasure of interviewing a variety of fascinating people about their relationship with music. Most of them are musicians, including people such as pianists Leon Fleisher and Simone Dinnerstein, guitarist Sharon Isbin, flutist Emmanuel Pahud, and conductors Nicholas McGegan, Ton Koopman and Masaaki Suzuki.
A confession: one of my all-time favorite movies is THE WIZARD OF OZ. I love that the core lesson Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion all learn is that the things they wanted so badly and sought so tenaciously were already in them — they just had to recognize their gifts and believe in themselves. It’s a simple yet powerful lesson for us all, and it came to my mind again last week.
As host of Sunday Baroque, I am thrilled to invite you for an extraordinary musical journey through Germany this fall. We’ll stroll through some of the country’s most beautiful cities, walk in the footsteps of the great Baroque composers and attend several fabulous classical music performances along the way. In addition to the rich music, we’ll immerse ourselves in the art, food, history, and wine of Germany.
Avant-garde architecture gives way to days of musical heritage and living history in Leipzig, which Goethe called “Little Paris”. Formerly located in Eastern Germany, this university town was once home to Bach and Goethe and claims Germany’s oldest symphony orchestra which you have tickets to attend! After exploring the quaint villages surrounding Leipzig our journey continues east to the ‘Florence of the North’, Dresden! Here we’ll sample Saxon wines, stroll through museums bursting with masterpieces and tour the Dresden State Opera House. Don’t miss out. Please join me, Suzanne Bona, host of Sunday Baroque, and fellow public radio listeners to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sunday Baroque in Germany this fall! Space is limited.
Having dinner with friends the other night, the conversation meandered to activities that nurture our creativity. One friend is a retired engineer, but late in life he began art classes. He discovered he has a talent for painting, and he said, “Art feeds my soul.” He spoke passionately about the significance of having a creative outlet in his life.