Amazing story of a composer’s survival from Aurora

It’s not the custom to post and discuss current events on this blog, but this story was simply too amazing not to share.  A young composer, Petra Anderson, was attending the Batman premiere in Aurora last Friday when the tragic events we know all too well unfolded. Apparently she has an anomaly in her brain structure that may have saved her life.  An amazing story that is still unfolding.

The story is reported at the link above and here:

A fund to help the family is located here: 

Petra’s website with clips of her music and poetry can be found here:


More Joy!




“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: