Carol was digging around the internet (which is her habit when she has questions but no answers), and came up with the reason why the Elgar Enigma Variations performance in yesterdays video was clearly an emotional experience. The following was copied from the WQXR Blog:
“June 16, 2013 – When the Greek government last week closed the country’s public broadcasting network, ERT, and laid off all of its nearly 2,700 employees, among the casualties was the Greek National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
The closure was part of the cost-cutting measures demanded by Greece’s international creditors. Along with the 75-year-old radio orchestra, the national contemporary music ensemble, founded in 1954, was also shuttered. On Friday, the orchestra released a video of what is said to be the group’s final performance. Shot in a sweltering rehearsal room (the air conditioning had been turned off), it shows musicians, some teary-eyed, playing Elgar’s stirring “Nimrod” from the Enigma Variations.”
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It is always sad when austerity measures include the arts. So much of our cultural history emphasizes the arts. So much of what we admire today, would not be here if it wasn’t for support of the arts. When we think of the Greek culture, the chances are we do not recall too much about their conquests, but we probably admire their architecture. Music has been around for many, many, generations now, which tells us that we have an affinity to music. Can you imagine living in a country where the arts are not supported?
Sometime in the distant future, a history class will be studying the 20th/21st century. I wonder what they will be reading about us?