How many times have you heard the phrase, “the healing power of music?” Well it’s one thing to hear it and believe that music has magical, intangible qualities that heal a wide range of ailments from physical to psychological. It’s another thing to actually be able to provide an environment for music to work its magic. More and more it seems that NewWSO is that environment.
From Ed S., trumpet player from Katonah, immediately after our concert at Chappaqua Library in July 2013:
Today’s concert was the best medicine I have had for weeks.
I am still in the process of recovering from a ruptured Achilles Tendon. Two weeks ago I ruptured and herniated a disk in my back while doing exercises for my foot. Yesterday I had an epidural shot in my spine to try to alleviate the pain and promote healing.
In spite of all these problems I have continued to practice every day. This morning I felt horrible so I set my alarm for 12:00 so that I could get ready for today’s concert.
As soon as I arrived at the library the feeling I had from being around my new orchestra friends put me in a great mood. I cannot find any words to express how great I felt being at the concert.
I really enjoyed the listening to and playing the music. I particularly enjoyed seeing how we are improving as a group, knowing the effort everyone is giving.
As leaders of our Orchestra I want to thank both of you (and the whole group) for creating a great atmosphere that has helped me in my recovery process.
The magical powers of music are not only intangible, they are unknowable until something happens to make it obvious that music, and the people we make music with, contributes something essential to our lives.