Mozart in Duluth

“Never should I have thought that a clarinet could be so capable of imitating a human voice so closely as it was imitated by thee. Verily, thy instrument has so soft and lovely a tone that nobody who has a heart can resist it.”

This Saturday, I’ll be hosting the pre-concert “Behind the Music” talk for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s opening night concert. Richard Stolzman is the guest playing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.

I was getting my notes together, deciding which facts to include and what to emphasize all while Stolzman’s recording played in the background.

Suddenly I found myself moved to tears. How is it possible – I asked myself – could such sublime music spring from one man’s mind?

Of course there is no answer. We are simply given the gift without a thing asked in return, but that we enjoy!