Carol and I went to the San Antonio Symphony Friday evening to absorb two hours of wonderful music. Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto had top billing, and Philippe Quint was the featured soloist. We had not heard of him before, but he was marvelous. He plays the 1708 Stradivari violin, and with it, he transported all of us in the audience to new levels of music appreciation. Quint is of Italian extraction, but was born in Russia and trained under violinist Andrei Korsakov at the Moscow Music School for the Gifted. After making his orchestral debut at age nine, he emigrated to the United States in 1991 and obtained advanced musical degrees at Juilliard. Now a U.S. citizen, he’s marvelously gifted, and he’s still a young man!
Of course, the entire San Antonio Symphony was also good, and we enjoyed an entire evening of superb music. There is something soul-stirring about good symphonic music. Trillions of cells in our bodies resonate to the heavenly musical vibrations. Research has shown that good music is deeply therapeutic for mind and body. I can vouch that this is true for me. So it was that we enjoyed an evening of marvelous music that still resonates for me days later!