President Ces Butner called our 5,326th “Civic Thursday” meeting in order and welcomed all of our Zoom guests.
On learning about our speaker today, Maestro Micheal Morgan, Rotarian Joe Goralka is reminded of time enjoyed at the Oakland Symphony with family and fellow Rotarians listening to the orchestra perform works by some of the greatest musical composers on exotic instruments. He shared 2 brief thoughts today:
Philosopher Henry David Thoreau writes in the world of peach and love music would be the universal language.
Organist and Theologian Albert Schweitzer claim “There are only two means of refuge from the miseries of life: Music and Cats!"
Rotarian Steve Nicholls introduced our guest and Civic Thursday Speaker for today, Michael Morgan - Maestro Oakland Symphony. Michael addressed 2 current issues that classical music and the Oakland Symphony are facing. He mentioned that "The Black Lives Matter movement, which is highlighting classical music's history of devaluing Black composers, Black conductors, Black artists, Black members of symphony orchestras, and even Black audiences." Secondly, he highlighted the financial collapse of the performing arts as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to watch his segment.
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