Within 20 minutes of the 90-minute Christmas performance, tears flowed down my cheeks. My tears were nothing compared to the blood, sweat and tears spent over the years by the symphony and chorus members, perfecting their mastery of creating and sharing. ‘Tis the season of sharing.
I figure the groups had practiced and played collectively more than a million hours prior to their playing of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” that caused my tears. I admire their individual and group talents, respect their work and effort, and appreciate their sharing that provided a boost to the Christmas spirit of many. What greater gift to receive than the fruits of another’s talents? What greater gift to share than the personal gifts of talent and creativity?
The spirit of hope and joy boosted by sharing benefited an appreciative audience. The musicians of the Symphony of the Hills and the vocalists of Grand Symphony Chorus shared the fruits of talent and practice in a beautiful venue established by sharing: the Cailloux Theater, that exists in large part due to the generosity of the Cailloux Foundation.
Generosity of giving and sharing—resources, time, talent, labors and vision—makes a difference. Millions of dollars and millions of hours creating millions of memorable moments—the beauty of gifts shared.