Last night was the "official" launch of the Da Capo institute in public. Our concert/open house was an inspiring event. It was our first musical mission statement to our community. We were transparent, we took risk, we put our self "out there" and showed our community what we are about. This event was an expression of loving and living. We as musicians shared who we are with "our" community. We have begun a mission to plug people into a musical world

The audience had some folks from HRBC and some close friends, but it was largely made up of people that we didn't know. It was exhilarating to make contacts with our community. People we didn't know were excited by our vision.

I wish more of my friends and neighbors from Roxshire, HRBC and Branch's had been able to attend. I know that it was a Friday night in Sept, but I think that it is hard for people who know us to make the leap to view us as performers. My sense is that they are overwhelmed and maybe even intimidated by our connection to elite classical performance music. They are so indoctrinated by the history of elitist behavior... They are not willing to make the committment, to step out of the old ways of interacting with performers. It will take time and repeated committment from Da Capo to overcome this "tradition".

This is our engage with people we don't know and break down the walls. We are here to give musicians a channel to engage and give back to their community without pretense or expectation. We are who we are. I hope our friends commit with us, but it is not a requirement.

God has blessed our offering already. I believe that he will continue to assist us. We must keep the channel open and let him direct us.


Tara said…
I'm not sure it has anything to do with being elite or not, I think it has to do with being involved, not living small. You quoted 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 below: "Dear, dear Corinthians, I can't tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn't fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren't small, but you're living them in a small way. I'm speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively! ". That sums it to me. You live big, yet sincerely. Mostly, people do one or the other. I'm not sure people know how to react to how you and Tra live, what you put out for people, because they cannot trust the two can be combined. Keep doing what you are doing and they will see it can be combined. I hope that makes sense... I would have given my left foot to have been there...

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