My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Alberta Bair Theater Corporation, Billings, MT, USA
I know it sounds cliché, but 2011 truly did start off with a bang. Several of them in fact in the form of shootings in Tucson, AZ. As Americans we were all so saddened by these events words were inadequate in capturing our collective feelings of grief. For me however, a kind of miracle occurred. It just so happened that I had been invited to attend a concert at the Alberta Bair Theater just one week later on January 14th. This concert was the magical pairing of Christopher O’Reiley and Matt Haimovitz.
The reason I use the term “magical” is not just because these two angels of their instruments, the piano and cello, respectively, brought music to the composers’ music to life in ways that I believe even they never knew was possible but they didn’t it without even having met one another until three days prior to their performance together. Their magic was also evidenced in their ability to inhabit the visions of an eclectic group of composers that spanned Bach to Radiohead, and they did it with such perfect precision that the audience was brought to their feet several times. We were ecstatic, enthralled, and amazed. Tears were shed, hands ached from being clapped so much, even the very air seemed sweeter.
As a native New Yorker, the Alberta Bair Theater has offered me 15 years of quality enjoyment, relief from stress, and pleasure. Lately, however, the ABT has surpassed itself in providing an escape from some of the harshness of life that only live performance can. It reminds us of what unadulterated human talent and hard work is like in real life and in real time face to face with real people. Thank you ABT, for the joy you bring to Billings and to me.