Sunday, April 27, 2008

A Pleasant Discovery

Friday night Mama Wordbones and I attended a performance of the Gemini Piano Trio at the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College.

Though this wonderful arts facility opened in August of 2006, Friday evening was the first time we saw it up close.

In a word, nice: In two words, very nice.

The performance we attended was in the John G. Monteabaro Recital Hall. This recital hall seats about 125 people and features state of the art acoustics. It is an ideal place to experience a chamber music concert.

You would think that an internationally acclaimed chamber group such as the Gemini Piano Trio (so named because the pianist and the violinist are brother and sister and the cellist is married to the pianist) would have no problem filling the seats.

You would be wrong.

I counted about 30 people. At least five of them were somehow associated with the performance. Another group of approximately 10 were students who apparently were there as part of a Music Appreciation class. That left just about 15 members of the general audience.

Maybe the place just hasn’t caught on yet.


Iconic Xer. said...

Wow, with a flourishing local cultural scene like you witnessed, Wordbones, I just can't wait 'til we get a museum in Columbia. In downtown, preferably. I'm sure it'll just be hopping with visitors.

I'm sure GGP's expenses in hiring Lord Cultural Resources -- and all the hoo-hah around the public event wherein Ms. Lord espoused how Columbia has to create something *special* -- were well spent. Or was that just spin? I couldn't tell ...

Can't wait for that special cultural attraction. In the meantime, can you help me? I can't figure out whether I should spend next weekend in Baltimore's rich culture and art scene, or if going to DC, with all its national-caliber (and might I add, free) resources, would be better. Hmmm...

Anonymous said...

You don't have to wait until we get a museum in Town Center, xer. A museum has been in Town Center for years.

Similarly, performances have been conducted in Columbia by renowned artists for years as well, many of which were fully attended.

Nonetheless, the best performances and sights can be found all around us, not just in created places, but in existing places. All it takes is open eyes, ears, and minds.