Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

A musical weekend


I’ve been lucky, not just because we have a new little puppy chewing our feet, but because my sister has been here for the past couple of weeks, and because we got to experience 3 different concerts over the weekend.

On Friday night my community band performed our concert, “Spring Potpourri,” directed by a guest conductor and featuring several of our members as soloists on assorted pieces.

We’ve grown a lot over the years, both in numbers and musicality, and it was fun to play together, under the lights on a stage with a pretty decent sized crowd applauding our efforts.

I’ve said it before, and it’s still true, as adults there are few opportunities to receive applause. No one claps when we make supper or do the laundry or go off to work or mow the lawn.

Most people have never had the thrill of accepting applause for anything.

Applause is one of the many rewards for playing in a community band. Friendships are another. And the joy of playing music is the best reward of all.

Saturday evening my sister, husband and I went down to hear the Ann Arbor Symphony play Debussy, Prokofiev and Dvorak. This concert was played at the historic Michigan Theater, built in 1927.

It’s a beautiful building and we had fun, prior to the concert, taking pictures of the ornate architecture. I liked the Dvorak piece, Symphony No. 7 in D minor, but my favorite was Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, with the beautiful flute in the beginning and woven throughout.

The principal flutist talked prior to the concert about what a responsibility she had playing this piece, the work is so famous and the expectations are so high. Of course she played it absolutely beautifully. My sister plays flute, so it was special to listen to this work on Saturday night.

Then on Sunday afternoon she and I drove about 45 miles to Imlay City to listen to the Belle Valley Community Band play their spring concert, which was filled with Irish and Scottish music, and featured the Alma College Pipe Band.

You don’t get to hear a pipe band every day, and since my sister also plays bagpipes this was a very special concert as well. The community band was so fun to listen to and when you add in bagpipes, well, it was spectacular!

I was thinking as I looked at the crowd almost filling the gym bleachers and seated in rows of folding chairs down on the gym floor, that it was pretty cool to see a community come out in such numbers to support their local musicians.

And I wished that every community band or orchestra, every community theater group, every group of artists putting together a show would have such support. It’s a win/win for the artists and their communities. Everyone leaves smiling, no matter the venue, no matter what type of art.

Please go google the words community band, or community orchestra or community theater in your town. Odds are you have one near by. They’ll have a website and you can probably find their spring concert or their spring production, or their spring art installation.

Mark your calendar and then show up. You’d be amazed at the talent all around you.

And they’ll be thrilled to have more people there, enjoying their work and applauding.

Don’t see how you could go wrong.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

18 thoughts on “A musical weekend

  1. What a wonderful weekend you had! Which instrument do you play? I am envious of those who play anything…


  2. What musical talent in your family, Dawn. Lovely photos of the concert, but I especially like that last photo. Great capture!


    • Yea, that last photo was a fluke. We were waiting to meet up with someone after the concert, so we were standing at our seats for much longer than normal, and I glanced up and saw this image and thought it was SOOOO cool! I’m glad we saw it!

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  3. What a wonderful weekend of visiting with your sister and playing in, and enjoying concerts. That Michigan Theatre is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!


  4. Oh what joy! Our choir too was at a mini-festival this weekend. Singing for your supper is one of life’s pleasures. Sitting and listening to a good orchestra is another. Since you’re from Michigan, you perhaps know the young people of Blue Lake Jazz Band? They did a musical exchange with our small town when we lived in France. They were astonishingly good.


    • Isn’t it fun to do concerts? Yes, Blue Lake, along with Interlochen, are famous summer music camps for talented young (and sometimes middle-aged) people. I never got to go as a kid, because we couldn’t afford it, but I’ve heard it’s pretty wonderful. My sister and I camped at a state park next door to Interlochen last summer and got to hear some of the musicians practicing. Lots of fun.

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  5. so much wonderful music! thank you for sharing with us. The theatre is so majestic and beautiful


  6. I, too, was struck by how beautiful the theater was, made even more beautiful by the music. Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend. A perfect way to give March a lift.


    • So true. Here it is only a week or so left of March already! My daffodils are coming up, a few actually are budding! It must be spring! Even if there IS still snow on the ground in all the shady places.

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  7. Yes, applause for even the mundane stuff we do in life, and for friendship, and the joy of music. I’m clapping for all three. Besides your words, Dawn, the photos are exquisite, even the empty seats, it means something, an expectation, thank you. I’ve read what camera you have now, and I sure wish you would send me money so I could buy one too. 🙂
    I played flute in high school and then 2 years in college. But I also took a bagpipe 101 class, where we played only with the chanter, no bag. Oh my word that was hard! My hat’s off to your sister!
    Friends of mine and I already have plans to attend a number of spring concerts here. Yes, EVERYONE, go to a local concert and applaud your neighbors!
    Whoa … that last photo was spectacular.

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    • All the photos in this particular post were taken with my phone I only use the ‘big’ camera when I’m outside these days. The phone does such a good job of inside low light images.

      You played flute? I only played clarinet through high school. When I got to college I wanted to have a wider life, not so focused on music so I didn’t play there. I didn’t play again for maybe 20 or more years. It’s fun to be back. I’ve probably been playing in community bands since about 1991 or 92 or there abouts. I could practice more and be better, but I’m good enough to know when NOT to play… 🙂 🙂 🙂


  8. Love everything about this one, Dawn!! Thanks for plugging our community bands, too — we love having an audience, knowing we’re making them happy, and hearing that applause. And what beautiful venues you’ve shown us! You’re lucky your sis is able to spend some time with y’all … and meet Miss Penny!


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