Last Thursday afternoon in Middlebury the Mahaney Center for the Arts hosted five young musicians as they auditioned for the 2009 Alan and Joyce Beucher Concerto Competition. Officially, I was there to act as a judge for the event. But on a purely listener level, I couldn’t have been more pleased to experience the music I heard being made as each student musician took their turn on the stage. Whether it was the singing lyricality in the DeBeriot and Sibelius violin concertos, the technical fireworks of Ravel’s fierce “Tzigane”, the violin’s evocative yearning in Bruch’s g-minor concerto, or the always-elegant loveliness that is Mozart’s first flute concerto…there were many moments when music filled the whole golden space of the auditorium and nothing besides that performer, playing that piece, at that moment, seemed to exist.
And so, to each one of those fine young performers, a sincere congratulations: more than learning a concerto, you are contributing to the artistic continuum – you are learning to make music!