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Monday, March 31, 2014

This Could Become a Habit!

Not that I am making a habit of attending the opera, but we enjoyed our third excursion to the Winspear Opera House yesterday – this time it was “The Barber of Seville.”*   

Me and a few friends awaiting the curtain to rise

Who knew it is almost two hundred years old? Doug liked it because nobody dies.  Turandot, and Carmen, our other two adventures, are a little depressing.*

It was a super day weather-wise, and walking in the Dallas Arts District on such a glorious spring day was trilling – so many remarkable new buildings: a cityscape renewed and renewing itself.  And just when the classiness of so much urban renewal was about to overwhelm me, Doug smelled barbecue as we were leaving, and spied a smoker in tow, reminding me of another reason Dallas charms me so: its ever available barbecue! 

The Smell of Texas Culture
Finally, we capped off the day with dinner with a friend – the one who introduced us to the opera – at a fun restaurant. And we still had time for our walk!

Doug asked me what I liked best about the day. Being with friends on a sunny day was number 1 – and of equal delight  -- was watching talented, enthusiastic people doing complicated things well, while making everything they did look easy and fun.  What an encouragement to hearts whose songs have yet to be sung, whose music waits composition!   

Once upon a time, I pooh-poohed opera as a stuffy anachronism – three operas into this new learning curve, I admit I have sensibilities that could do with development and refinement – which is the gift that the arts give to every single person who pursues the delights of reading and creating and achieving.    

Reading the profiles of the performers, the conductor and the designers, and doing the math, seeing how many years it took for each to prepare for this one performance, I got to thinking. How well we are propagating such talent for our children and grandchildren’s pleasure?

Public schools have pared the arts programs, and phys-ed, from their budgets, wrongly defending their decisions as in the kids’ best interests.  (ed. opinion: Because elected officials will not address our burgeoning debt!)    

Yes, we need students who grow up and are competent – able to compete in a global, complicated economy – we need scientists, medical people, even lawyers. But we need artists, writers, musicians, and athletes to show us just how wonder-full humans can be.  Especially on a sunny spring afternoon, with the smell of Texas barbecue in the air!

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