What touch! Pianist Garrick Ohlsson had an eloquent dialogue tonight with his instrument, with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and with all of us listening to his Carnegie Hall performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Ohlsson's fingers on the keyboard managed precise intricacies, each note articulated clearly, but I was so impressed with the way all notes integrated into a vivid, thrilling whole.
Like brush strokes that make a beautiful painting, or words that make a meaningful story, the experience was rich in detail, yet it all combined to persuade, entreat, and express some of the big emotions of being human. I was grateful to be reminded that moments combine into lifetimes and history and music.