The world hums to some.
Some hear the beat, the lyrical phrases and they capture them on whitepages with black ink.
There the notes stay imprisoned between bars, until the storyteller comes to unlock them and release them to the world.
Marin Alsop is the quintessential storyteller.
She weaves a magical spell around her audience pulling them deeper and deeper into the abyss, releasing them only when they have found the essence of what the orginal composer intended.
A woman as talented as Alsop has earned the right to be aloof and distant. Her resume would allow her to forget names and forgo encores.
She could, without apology, be a prima donna.
Instead, she is audacious in her genuine graciousness. Her passion for the music spills out and rushes over the stage to an eager audience that devours it.
She jokes, explains what the composure meant with each passage - she teaches the novice and inspires the experienced.
She makes classical music approachable, she makes it safe and friendly.
She allows the everyone to appreciate the art and majesty of the orchestra.
She does it on purpose.
Alsop knows that music wasn't meant for the few to enjoy - it was meant to bring us together.
In Baltimore, she pushes her musicians to be "citizens of the world." With programs to mentor the inner city youth and "rusty musicians," she works to make the symphony part of the community.
In Eugene, it makes perfect sense that Alsop was the first maestra for the Eugene Symphony's inaugural Symfest, where Eugene in all its quirky glory could be celebrated by the symphony that has called it home for 50 years.
With food trucks, bluegrass, swing and beer Symfest broke down the traditional stereotypes that confine orchestral music to conventional narrow-minded ways and made it relatable and fun.
The night brought together nearly 2,000 Eugenians into the Hult Center for the Preforming Arts to celebrate music, food, dance and libations.
Music was allowed to be what it is at the core, an aggregator of the human experience.
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