Requiem and Farewell

Tonight was the final rehearsal for tomorrow night’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem, nicknamed the Defiant Requiem. It is truly going to be a spectacular program. This whole week, the famous conductor, Murry Sidlin, has been leading us in preparation for a touching presentation.

It is called the Defiant Requiem because the Jews at Terezin sang the piece to their captors. They sang what they could not say to them. The concert will feature video interviews of survivors, narration, and of course the music itself. The 170-voice chorus and 75-piece orchestra will make for a thunderous sound. I have enjoyed this week of rehearsals. It’s not every day that I get to play violin with such a large group.

Tomorrow will not only be a magnificent performance, but a momentous one for me. It will be my last. Not that I will never play with the Signature Symphony again. I might. It’s just that with my plans to be at graduate school starting in August, I won’t be here to play in the concerts. So, for me, it is a kind of farewell. Hardly anyone knows it. But as the lights diminish and we quietly leave the stage tomorrow evening, I am aware that I may be leaving for the last time. There will be no applause. The music and story demand it.

As for me, I really am leaving. Quietly. No big deal. No disruption. Just smoothly transitioning from one stage of life to another. It’s a bittersweet goodbye. But I’m moving on. I will fondly remember being a part of the Signature Symphony, and all the music it made me love. And I will consider it an honor to have been a part of such a meaningful and magnificent production such as the Defiant Requiem.