“When she turns from mother to musician, she says she has left the planet. She is not in the Congo anymore.”
“Music is one way to go on a trip. They just close their eyes and they go someplace else.”
“On the night of the performance, in the rented warehouse, Beethoven became alive.”
“It’s been played with more expertise before. But with more joy? Hard to imagine.”
The above quotes are from a very moving and hopeful story of an orchestra in the Congo featured on 60 Minutes. The Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste is central Africa’s only orchestra. Worth the watch. Worth the reflection of why we play music. Worth every minute.
Here’s the link to the story: