I just came from the peaceful Rothko Chapel, the site of our performance of Georg Haas’ in vain. On this Wednesday afternoon, the Chapel was only occupied by a couple people sitting there in bliss-filled silence. It is the end of a challenging work day, and I’m feeling pulled in numerous directions, my mind struggling to unwind. There I sat, between the deep purple paintings, recalling the wildly-different energy that we filled the room with just last week. We made extraordinary music together. Music that had never been played here in Houston before. Music created by a wonderfully talented group of musicians that constantly amaze me. Music enjoyed by an enthusiastic gathering of people excited to experience something new.
Even when rehearsals and concerts demanded that we learn challenging parts and move large instruments up and down seemingly-endless flights of stairs, being a part of Loop38 provided a sanctuary from the bluster of life. Similar, yet wholly different, to the sanctuary that I found today in the chapel, as I sat there reflecting on my experience this year with the band. The inaugural season and the fundraising campaign have now ended, but the experience will live on as we turn our gaze to next season. Please keep Loop38 in mind as we set out to create new experiences throughout Houston next season, I can’t wait until we come together again!