• RCS Ottawa

The classical music concert is a vital workout for our sagging, flabby attention spans

In the age of hyper-connectivity and multi-tasking, staying focused during a two- or three hour classical music performance can feel like a workout.

At a Kennedy Center concert in Washington, DC last week, I sat next to a woman who popped some gummy vitamins as Russian virtuoso Daniil Trifonov played a blistering passage from Stravinsky’s Russian Dance. As the celebrated pianist tackled a rousing Shostakovich fugue a few minutes later, she again reached under her seat, this time pulling out some hand lotion for her already well-moisturized hands. “Want some?,” she muttered to her companion, tossing the tube of honeysuckle-scented cream on his lap.

At the New York Philharmonic last month, an elderly woman in the front row flipped through a long New Yorker feature, as Yo-Yo Ma shredded his cello just a few feet away. A few rows back, a businessman caught up on sleep.


1 view0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

How should we Mask COVID-19?

Global coronavirus deaths have been falling—but scientists are worried that more infectious new variants of the virus may reverse those trends. As quickly as vaccines were developed, the virus has ev

How We Can Stop the Spread of COVID-19 By Christmas

We have a long road ahead before a vaccine is safe, effective and, most crucially, widely available. We need a multi-pronged public health strategy that includes a national testing plan that utilizes

mRNA the innovation behind Pfizer and Moderna vaccines

Messenger RNA (mRNA) is a pivotal molecule of life, involved in almost all aspects of cell biology. The last decade has seen improvements in the delivery of a new class of mRNA drugs. In molecular bi