Congratulations to the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra on its 60th anniversary. I agree with the announcer of a recent National Public Radio segment in which its annual fundraiser included remarks about the wonders of classical music.
To paraphrase, classical music soothes the soul, augments the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, and provides moments when we can slow down the “staccatoed” times of our lives when the clock races and we go breathlessly from task to task. For it to be performed at its best requires a commitment that usually begins at a young age for musicians who either become professional performers or who put that instrument down, often found years later in one’s attic.
Robertson is retired from the Franklin County School system.