The Violin Concerto by Greg Henry Waters with Fabiola Kim
and the Senior Concert Orchestra of New York.
Brahms Op. 77
Musical Director David Gilbert
and Dr. Lyn Christie
Director of Funding / public relations and Senior Musicians Association
If Brahms did not write the concerto there could be no music performance. So many elements go together to make music. In our present music climate where the sound of an orchestra is strange compared to the sound of electronic music an guitars. It is a wonder that any music as the Brahms concerto, such a piece can come alive again, only made with the hard work of the musicians, life time of work and the special skills that only come with years of experiences and knowledge of music.
I have found in my musical career that it takes a great soloist to inspire the orchestra so they play at their best and they do not get bored with the music. Well, let me say, Fabiola Kim, had the attention of the Senior Concert Orchestra of New York. David Gilbert had all the tempos just right and one section flowed into the next like a river flows into an ocean. I was sitting there and listening, and Kim's tone from her violin just sang into the back of the Theater, Symphony Space, NYC. No mics were present just acoustic music, the way it should be for this kind of music. It was a joy to watch and listen to it.
She was born in 1991 just a few short years ago and how she came up with such a divine performance at such a young age is almost a miracle I have always thought that the concerto was the most important
composition for music because it sets the standard for musical performance.
We live in a society that thinks war is more important than musical art. It is a sad commentary on how we live. I call it the Dark Age of Music, in fact I wrote a book about it.
If there is anything profound in our life it is not because of our country, but it is because a few individuals who band together and request that art stay alive and well. In the past few years I have noticed that Local 802 of the Musicians Union has champion this cause for instrumental musicians. I was at the local several times within the last couple of weeks. I saw Mike Longos Big Band, David Chamberlain's Band of Bones, A singers work shop on Thursday nights with Miss Nancy Marano, The NY Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Dean Pratt Jazz Orchestra, all rehearsing and practicing their skills. What a great tribute to music and by the musicians. But are they supported to the degree they should. Not at all they are on a beggar's budget as far as I know. What a country we live in where pizza and hamburgers are more important than musical art.. And how many over weight people do we see in our land for example?
Great music brings great health to our country, but we are blind to this and just follow the path of selfishness and greed as we see down at Wall Street and now all the Bank centers of the world with their protest from the public.
Without money musicians can do so little. But war is more important to our leaders. For me is is just the opposite and I am ashamed of our country in so many ways. I so wish I had an answer for this.
Sincerely, Greg Henry Waters
Short video of the performance.
A response from a young woman in music school.
Beautiful article! I feel the same way, we put violence before nature, war before music and art. If only people would take the time to look up at the sky and watch the trees wave in the wind. To enjoy the breeze and sunlight. These things happen only once in our lifetime and were so consumed with so many materialistic things that don't mean anything. I've been known as a daydreamer since I was a little girl. I've had doctors tell me that I had ADD because I used to twirl my hair and look out the window at all the beautiful nature surrounding me. They wanted to put me on Ritalin because I wasn't considered normal to them. I've encountered so many people that would try to take away my imagination and creativity. I had to fight my way through school with teachers telling me what I should think and what I shouldn't. That's why I had to become a music major. To surround myself in a sea of artistry and love. Music isn't just something you learn, it's something you feel.
By the way, you really did write a book called the Dark age of music???