Performing music takes a lot of work and intellectual dedication, but it is one of the most rewarding experiences in the world. There have been times when I’m on stage waiting for the performance to begin, when I simply smile, glad for the musical truth I am about to enjoy with everyone in the concert hall. Musical performance clearly shows the identity of the performer and those who share music through their response to the music. It seems to me that an audience is grateful for that chance to share this basic, fundamental interaction between people. It’s a gift to everyone.
Dr. Janet Nepkie is a member of the music industry faculty in the music department of the State University College at Oneonta. Her columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/musicbeat.