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Forest Symphony

July 23, 2010

  There was every intention of going tonight.  I had even found a friend excited to make the crazy 1 hour dash into the big city – at rush hour, no less – to catch this new-ish summer event.  But, then friend got some unexpected bad news and… well, let’s just say that priorities become clear in moments of crisis.

But, despite not being able to go, the event is definitely still worth mentioning because I can’t find any evidence of it being tried in other cities, and innovative classical music stuff needs to be trumpeted (pun intended!) as loud and far as possible.

This is the 2nd year that the Regional Park Board has hosted “Forest Symphony”,  a “musical engagement [that] awaits you in our majestic forest”.  Not having gone, I can really only rehash what has been posted on online event calendars, but the general idea is that people have the opportunity to experience an “extraordinary evening of haunting classical music” as participants take a leisurely evening stroll through a popular city park, serenaded by musicians and singers who dot the trail and let their music float through the forest.

It’s a free event, and all the performers volunteer their time for the 2 hours that the event runs.  Apparently last year’s “Forest Symphony” had a phenomenal turnout and the ensuing response was extremely positive.  And if our current perfect summer weather is any encouragement for people to get outside, this year’s event won’t have any challenges surpassing last year’s success.

Naturally, this gets me thinking of how we/I could do something similar in my local setting.  We’ve got endless trails at our disposal, an enthusiastic artistic community to involve, and enough of a population that would relish such an experience.  Or I could just take the lazy route, pull out my kazoo, plunk myself down at the side of one of our forest paths, start my slightly off-key humming, and see how many people I manage to scare off.  (I can see the jogger’s face now…)

In any case, events such as this one need to be supported and talked about and participated in.  It’s this kind of vision that continues to chip away at the disconnect people feel with classical music and gives them good memories to build on.

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