Siege Diaries 9/11/2021

Today’s Daily Stoic writing prompt: What can I do with less today?

This is an ironic prompt for today, because this is the first time in a very long time that I haven’t had to do with less. There were not one, but two concerts to attend–both of which, it turned out, were indoors (the first wasn’t originally planned that way.)

The first of these was in St. Catharines, with Cree (and Mennonite!) cellist and composer Cris Derksen. Having heard some of her compositions, I jumped at the chance to hear her live with both a pow-wow drum group and musicians from the Niagara Symphony (and, as it turned out, a really amazing hoop dancer) in one of her Orchestral Pow-wow shows–and I was not disappointed.

Derksen has released an album of her works, which I believe I’ll have to track down, but she has specifically not formally recorded the Orchestral Pow-wow material because she believes it should be shared in person as she did today.

The second half of my concert odyssey was Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony. And for that, I will wait until tomorrow to write, because it deserves more space than I can give it when the day has only 50 minutes remaining and I have the Museum tomorrow. For now: I cannot express how privileged I feel to have gotten the chance to hear that work at this moment in time.

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