Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A welcome reprieve

Dameer Relford tickles the ivories in Mosiman Hall. 
About a month ago, I was asked to take an action photo of one of Bluffon’s music students. As he was a pianist, I asked him to play something. He had no music. No warning this request was coming. But Oh My Word - the sound that filled Gilliom Room. I’ll admit to taking a few more photos than were needed just so he wouldn’t stop playing.

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to watch the Bluffton volleyball team play in the HCAC tournament finals. It was so amazing to watch the teamwork, the individual effort, the encouragement when things went awry and the celebration for a job done well.

Isn’t it curious how live performances – whether it’s theatre, music or athletics – whether it’s a formal event or an impromptu performance – tends to draw people together?

For a while we are transported to another place, away from the stuff that’s going on in our lives. We get a reprieve from the dirty dishes, the bills, the empty gas tank, the too-long to-do list and become part of this magical shared experience.

People who take their seat as individuals collectively become the audience. And the audience breaks into spontaneous laughter, applause, smiles, cheers.

Then when it’s over and the audience again becomes a group of individuals, burdens are somewhat lighter for having shared the experience as an audience participating in a performance.

Holiday opportunities on campus:

  • Gospel Choir fall concert, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Yoder
  • Concert Band: “A Holiday Celebration,” 7:30 p.m., Nov. 25, Yoder 
  • Nine Lessons and Carols Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3, Yoder - tickets required
  • Handel’s Messiah, 4 p.m., Dec. 8, Founders
  • Women’s basketball, Bluffton Holiday Tournament, Dec. 28-29, Sommer
  • Men’s basketball, McDonald’s Holiday Tournament, Dec. 29-30, Sommer

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