Slice of Life Tuesday: A beautiful concert in a beautiful space…and yet…

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On Saturday evening, my husband and I arrived early enough to find the perfect seats at Rutgers University’s lovely Kirkpatrick Chapel.  Built in 1873, this jewel of a chapel with its shimmering stained glass and wood-beamed ceiling radiated peace and well being.  Parents, siblings and friends settled into their seats just as we did, anxious to hear our kids sing out in their first choir recital of the year.  Soon, necks craned to catch a glimpse of the choir making its way to the loft – and we were thrilled to finally catch sight of our Olivia, so elegant in her long black dress and pearls.  The maestro took to the podium, and, with a wave of his baton, began our evening of beautiful music.

Each song was lovelier than the last.  And they were beautiful songs – full of varying moods, and deep power.  The last one, Benjamin Britten’s “Cantata Misericordium”, was simply stunning.  Partly, this was because of the music itself, which was sublime, and partly it was because of the text – which spoke to kindness and compassion for one’s fellow man.  
For, even as we sat in comfort, surrounded by beauty, a storm was raging half a world away – and the good people of the Philippines  were suffering.  The final chorus was especially poignant:

We are neighbors, all of us… 

13 thoughts on “Slice of Life Tuesday: A beautiful concert in a beautiful space…and yet…

  1. It's a beautiful sentiment, Tara. And the concert sounds lovely, especially with your daughter there! I keep thinking of this new tragedy, have a nephew whose wife is from the Philippines. There is a list of sites where people can donate on our news channel-I imagine yours has one too. Thank you!

  2. You post brought me to tears this morning as we are all becoming more keenly aware of the devastation left behind in the Philippines. I have pasted this quote in my writing book….and like others, will look for ways to "help" from afar and ways to pray for healing for so many.

  3. Sounds like a transcendent concert. I read an article the other day written by an aid worker from Haiti who said that the aid after the earthquake was so disorganized and poorly/corruptly run that she thought it might have harmed as well as (as much as?) helped. She actually wrote a memoir, but I can't remember the name of it. It worries me that we (well-intentioned people) can mess up helping.

  4. Sometimes we get so caught in our own corner of the world, that it takes something devastating to bring awareness to us. Your concert sounded beautiful and what a fabulous setting!

  5. The contrast of the beauty of the music and the devastation in the Philippines is striking. It's sometimes hard to know how to help in the face of so much destruction.

  6. Oh my, such depth and beauty opens my spirit to the uncertain days of the survivors. This always leads me to quiet prayers for healing and comfort. Your writing and sharing brought a tenderness

  7. I wondered about your title, and then was touched by your empathy as you reflected on the beauty of the evening contrasted with the devastation occurring in the Philippines. I hope the charitable help that many are offering will be better organized and reach those who need it. I loved your description of the chapel and the accompanying picture.

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