Take Time for Something Beautiful

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Take Time for Something Beautiful

I’m inspired by the Inde­pen­dence Day posts from Juli­ette & Christo­pher of DTG’s Mag­nif­i­cent crew. Each cel­e­brated a beauty not to be found in the polit­i­cal world I often choose to inhabit.

In the same vein, I offer an unapolo­getic plug for a friend’s project, invit­ing all New Hampshire-​area DTG read­ers to attend some­thing special.

Come to hear Massenet’s ora­to­rio “Marie-​Magdaleine” on July 22. One per­for­mance will be at 2 p.m. at North­east Catholic Col­lege in Warner, and the other will be at Cathe­dral of the Pines in Rindge at 7 p.m. The per­for­mance at the Col­lege is donations-​accepted, while the one at Cathe­dral of the Pines has (I think) a $10 admis­sion fee. Call 6037815695 for more information.

I’ll be going out of my way to hear one of these per­for­mances. Why?

Sheer beauty. With the first note, I know worka­day con­cerns will fall away for awhile. The next dead­line, the next gosh-​forsaken tweet, the next bill to pay: all will be in abeyance for an hour or two as I undergo the atti­tude adjust­ment that’s one of music’s lit­tle gifts.

Hope. For my hus­band and me, North­east Catholic Col­lege is a favorite place, ded­i­cated to edu­ca­tion in faith and rea­son. It’s a place of encour­age­ment and chal­lenge and laugh­ter. The world’s a bet­ter place because it exists. Like­wise with Cathe­dral of the Pines, which was estab­lished by griev­ing par­ents in mem­ory of their son, who died in the ser­vice of our coun­try dur­ing World War II. It was a true act of hope for those par­ents to expe­ri­ence such ter­ri­ble loss and then go on to cre­ate a place of peace and tranquillity.

Encour­age­ment. I think you’ll find encour­age­ment sim­ply by being in the same room with the pro­ducer of these per­for­mances. I’m acquainted with her. She’s a pro-​life war­rior, a con­ser­v­a­tive woman, an opera singer, and a patron and leader of non­profit agen­cies that enrich the com­mu­nity. Oh, and she was for­merly a vol­un­teer leg­is­la­tor (which is how we roll in the Gran­ite State). When things look dis­cour­ag­ing — and as a leg­is­la­tor and a vol­un­teer activist, she has some expe­ri­ence with bad days — she responds dynam­i­cally and pos­i­tively. No whining.

You go, girl.

If you’re inclined to attend the per­for­mance in Warner, be aware that the Col­lege is offer­ing Mass (11:30) and a light lunch (12:30) before the 2 p.m. show, with RSVPs requested. (More about that here.)

Let it be known that this is not a paid pro­mo­tion. I just want to share good news.

The State House and the White House and my work as a writer will all still be there after the show. When I turn back to them, I’ll be refreshed and ready for what­ever comes along. Beau­ti­ful music, what­ever the source, has that effect on me. Maybe on you, too.

I’ll tag this one “cul­ture vic­to­ries,” not “cul­ture wars.”

Ellen Kolb blogs about New Hamp­shire life-​issue pol­icy at Leaven for the Loaf and looks far­ther afield in ellenkolb​.com.

I’m inspired by the Independence Day posts from Juliette & Christopher of DTG’s Magnificent crew. Each celebrated a beauty not to be found in the political world I often choose to inhabit.

In the same vein, I offer an unapologetic plug for a friend’s project, inviting all New Hampshire-area DTG readers to attend something special.

Come to hear Massenet’s oratorio “Marie-Magdaleine” on July 22. One performance will be at 2 p.m. at Northeast Catholic College in Warner, and the other will be at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge at 7 p.m. The performance at the College is donations-accepted, while the one at Cathedral of the Pines has (I think) a $10 admission fee. Call 603-781-5695 for more information.

I’ll be going out of my way to hear one of these performances. Why?

Sheer beauty. With the first note, I know workaday concerns will fall away for awhile. The next deadline, the next gosh-forsaken tweet, the next bill to pay: all will be in abeyance for an hour or two as I undergo the attitude adjustment that’s one of music’s little gifts.

Hope. For my husband and me, Northeast Catholic College is a favorite place, dedicated to education in faith and reason. It’s a place of encouragement and challenge and laughter. The world’s a better place because it exists. Likewise with Cathedral of the Pines, which was established by grieving parents in memory of their son, who died in the service of our country during World War II. It was a true act of hope for those parents to experience such terrible loss and then go on to create a place of peace and tranquillity.

Encouragement. I think you’ll find encouragement simply by being in the same room with the producer of these performances. I’m acquainted with her. She’s a pro-life warrior, a conservative woman, an opera singer, and a patron and leader of nonprofit agencies that enrich the community. Oh, and she was formerly a volunteer legislator (which is how we roll in the Granite State). When things look discouraging – and as a legislator and a volunteer activist, she has some experience with bad days – she responds dynamically and positively. No whining.

You go, girl.

If you’re inclined to attend the performance in Warner, be aware that the College is offering Mass (11:30) and a light lunch (12:30) before the 2 p.m. show, with RSVPs requested. (More about that here.)

Let it be known that this is not a paid promotion. I just want to share good news.

The State House and the White House and my work as a writer will all still be there after the show. When I turn back to them, I’ll be refreshed and ready for whatever comes along. Beautiful music, whatever the source, has that effect on me. Maybe on you, too.

I’ll tag this one “culture victories,” not “culture wars.”

Ellen Kolb blogs about New Hampshire life-issue policy at Leaven for the Loaf and looks farther afield in ellenkolb.com