We’ve had a couple of interesting responses to our fall issue recently. Benitta Wilcox, the Erin textile artist whose treasure-filled garden is featured on the cover, reports that she received many favourable comments about the article and was recognized because of it by a woman in Brampton.
In addition, our readers and viewers are taking notice of our ads. Jamie Leder, owner of Collins Brewhouse, a pub in an interesting old building on the main street of Dundas, tells us that he had a couple come to the pub from Toronto because they saw his ad in the magazine. This is what advertising (with us?) can do: draw business to you. We thank Jamie for sharing this story, and the couple from Toronto for mentioning the magazine to him in the first place.
Another interesting note is that we only have a few subscribers from Toronto, and we don’t do any regular distribution in Toronto at all, so it’s remarkable that this couple got the issue and acted on it. Publishing a magazine is a bit like putting a message in a bottle. It’s surprising where it ends up.
Finally, last night we attended the first performance of the 10th anniversary season of the Georgetown Bach Chorale. We’re pleased that Escarpment Views is a patron of the chorale. It was an instrumental classical concert by artistic director Ron Greidanus on piano and guest artist Conrad Chow on violin. I sometimes drift off to sleep during all-instrumental wroks, so I was rather dreading the evening.
I did close my eyes, but it was only to enjoy the music more or to listen more intently to the remarkable sounds produced on these two instruments. I’m not musically educated, so my comments might seem lame, but I guess I represent the average concert goer in a small town. Sometimes it seemed as if there must have been two violins playing. Other times Chow’s fingering and digital dexterity had to be seen to be believed. I had no idea a violin could sound the way he made it. Greidanus is at home all over the piano, easily playing the most elaborate and complex pieces, sometimes entirely from memory. His variations go from the softest vibration of a single note to the loudest bashing of keys imaginable. He’s utterly fearless and amazing to watch.
The musicians took turns introducing the pieces before they performed, helpfully preparing us for what to listen for and sharing their enthusiasm for each composer. I had never heard any of the pieces before, but they were either enjoyable or exciting. In his final performance of Carmen Fantasy by Pablo de Sarasate, Chow played like the devil. I thought his strings would break or his violin would catch fire.
Chow will perform in early 2009 in Carnegie Hall and I expect he’ll bring the house to its feet. He did last night, and it’s amazing that Greidanus is able to bring such world-class talent to Georgetown.
What do you think of classical music? And what treasures do you know of in small towns?