After many months, the website is finally finished! I am so grateful to have met my web designer Fyzah Malik in the Boston Business Women’s network! I could never have done any of this without her. Now, all of you can share your thoughts and inspirations on the homepage, as well as your experiences at the concerts just like you would in a Guestbook (but this one is electronic – fancy!) You can buy tickets right on the website. Thanks to mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal, you can read extensive program notes about entire programs as well as access texts and translations for all of the poetry. I will be blogging here periodically (as well as sending out my blogs in the form of a newsletter) and you will be welcome to participate in the conversation! The blog can also be subscribed to directly from the website. Please explore it for yourselves! https://salonseriesofboston.org,
As the website was in the works, Pam and I have come very close to finalizing our program. The most rewarding part of the work for me is contemplating the text and the music until I can find my personal connection to the character and I am able to embody the character’s feelings within the context of my own life. Take the Five Songs of Venice– all describe feelings of love by evoking familiar experiences of the five senses (the visceral being much more of a universal experience than one’s description of one’s internal world)– “singing branches” and “shivers of the breeze” capture an energy, an aliveness. For me, these words capture the experience of walking near the water in the Boston common and feeling the magic as the giant willow trees come to life in the wind. Even when one is in love, it is often these sensory experiences that form a lasting impression, which is why an environment can be romantic even without people in it.