Letter: Bravo, Concerts by the Bay
My wife, Deona, and I have had the privilege to live all across this wonderful country of ours, and the one thing that we had always participated in was the local arts scene; inclusive of music, theater, dance and art. Since we moved to Mathews over two years ago, we have met many in this area who are passionate about Concerts by the Bay, and who had asked us to join them in celebrating the arts.
Unfortunately, until very recently, life events continued to get in the way of our participation. We had seen the Mathews High School parking lot filled to the brim on a Sunday afternoon, but usually when we were on our way out to, or coming home from, an activity of our own.
Recently, we received Concert by the Bay tickets from friends who were unable to use them, and we attended for the first time. The program was headlined by a Canadian bluegrass family band, the Abrams Brothers. I am highly skeptical of anything called bluegrass coming from anywhere but southwestern Virginia or Kentucky, but we attended anyway. The two brothers were fabulously talented, their music was flawless, and the entire afternoon was a complete musical joy.
Even better yet, they were playing one man down, with the third member unable to perform due to illness. As I walked out, the conversations with the talented young men left me with an honest appreciation for their love of the work they do.
Having enjoyed the Abrams performance so much, we went back for the musical presentation put on by the Lyric Opera Virginia—which was just as fabulous, but in a way only opera can move you. The "Best of Opera and Broadway" was sung by young talent who will have long careers on the stage. They sang opera, as well as Broadway, from such diverse staples as La Traviata to My Fair Lady, with equal aplomb.
All I can say is that if you have not participated in Concerts by the Bay, as we had not, you are missing something very special. There are two opportunities left this season to see great talent; take advantage of one, or both, of them. My congratulations to all on the CBTB board who take the time to find the talent that fills our Sundays in Mathews with such great enjoyment. Bravo!
James A. Pavik Sr.