This concert represents a “Gradus” journey for musicians. To be a musician is much more than to work as an entertainer. It is decidedly a whole way of life. Our journey as musicians is a long one, and whether or not we reach the lofty peak of Parnassus is permanently up for discussion. Some think they are closer to the peak than others. Some are in it for the journey itself. Some even think they’ve already reached it. Ha! In short, to reach this point is, in my opinion, to say that we understand all things in the universe, because music is that big. It was the only thing the ancient Greeks couldn’t really explain. They described astronomy as “the study of the observable,” and music as “the study of the unobservable.”
Let me tell you: it’s quite easy to become so captivated by this art that one offers it their whole life.
This concert is a love song to people who have done just that. It’s also an opportunity for those whose lives are devoted to other important things to get a glimpse of the life and upbringing of the authentic musician. It sings of the musician’s trials and successes, the relationship with the music teacher, the emotional rollercoaster, the moments of eureka, and the discipline of the body and the mind. I chose the title Methodical because this english word represents “Gradus” and persistence to me. When one begins the journey toward Parnassus in music, one quickly discovers the real level of devotion it takes to give one’s life over to it. I’ve tried to show as many aspects of this as possible and also to look at it from different perspectives. The interpretation of all of it together and its meaning is up to you.
One of the best parts of my job is that I get to meet and work with musicians who are all at different points in their “Gradus” journey. It’s very clear to me, though, that we are all connected and we stand in solidarity with each other. It’s almost familial in its nature. I feel so blessed to be a part of it with my fellow musicians; and blessed, too, to have you bend your ear to us as we sing this beautiful music-about-music. Perhaps as we journey through this program together, we can at least glimpse, for a moment, the loftiest point we can imagine - a momentary musical nirvana for our times. May it be so.