Normally at this time I would be talking about the (Choose one: Delightful, Dull, Daunting, Drab) program presented by Jane Hoffman, Flutist, and Don Bryn, Pianist, at the Sarasota Music Club. These are not normal times, however, with Covid-19 on the loose. So, I suggest washing your hands for 20 seconds (as long as singing “Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious” twice. Actually, it took me 20 seconds just to type it, once) before reading this, and since you are reading on your screen, it wouldn’t hurt to disinfect the screen, as well.*
Hoffman is an excellent Flutist. When not playing for us, she plays in the POPS Orchestra, and teaches at SCF, where her collaborator, Don Bryn, is also on staff. Bryn is the musician for the Sarasota Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, where you will be able hear him once this Coronavirus Pandemic thing has passed. He is very skilled and has a good sense of humor, as his pianistic offerings each Sunday attest. (Full Disclosure Dept: Hoffman is also a member of Trio Voila, with my daughter Laura Jensen-Jennings on Viola and Thomas Koch on Guitar.)
There is an abundance of music written for Flute/Piano that is (Choose one: Beautiful, Boring, Banal, Bucolic) and I expect that Hoffman/Bryn selected a variety representing composers from Bach to Bernstein and Beyond. You would have enjoyed their (you know what to do: Spirited, Sanguine, Salacious, Solemn) interpretations of the music, had you and they been there. They are that good! (And we will be trying to get them scheduled for one of next season’s Sarasota Music Club concerts.)
By now, as I write this, we will all be pretty tired of sitting home watching TV re-runs, or writing postcards saying, “Wish you were here,” because we really do wish they were here. This ‘proximity’ thing is a real drag... most of us moved here because there are so many wonderful concerts going on all the time, to which we could go with our friends. And now the concert halls are all closed down for the duration. (Golly, haven’t heard those three words since the end of WWII...) If we even go out to dinner, we have to sit at separate tables. Each of us, I mean! (Now, there’s a mental picture!)
The old adage ‘You don’t know what you have until it is gone’ is certainly true here. Our wonderful Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Ballet, Artist Series of Sarasota concerts, Asolo Theatre, West Coast Black Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Key Chorale, and all the fine church-sponsored musical offerings combine to provide a rich tapestry of music for our enjoyment. Perhaps even more important, there are so many groups we can participate in, for the enjoyment of others, as well as ourselves. This is truly a magic place in which to live.
For 90 years, the Sarasota Music Club has been a factor in forming this community.
As soon as we can, we will be back at the job of actively helping develop young musicians and promoting live music in our area. See you then!
* Just kidding