I’ve been to the Fresno Philharmonic dozens of times, but recently I got to experience it in a different way. As part of a recent column I wrote about the importance of new experiences, I picked four Bee readers who had never experienced Fresno’s local orchestra to accompany me to the ensemble’s “Russian Romantics” concert.
I loved it. I offered a detailed account in my Sunday Spotlight column, from my visit with my four new friends (Barbara Nurmi and Walt Lingo of Reedley, and Roseann and Jim Van Nest of Hanford) to Maestro Theodore Kuchar’s home for an impromptu music appreciation course to the concert itself. I was so tickled to be able to experience the event through these newcomers’ eyes — and was excited to be able to introduce them to Venezuelan concert pianist Gabriela Martinez after the performance.
Now that I have this “New Experience” behind me, I’m anxious to consider another. I think some of my Beehive colleagues are, too. So, any great ideas out there? As I envision it, these kinds of stories could work a couple of ways: I or one of my colleagues could be persuaded to try something new with the help of a reader expert. (Kind of like how I went to my first heavy-metal concert, the subject of the first column mentioned above.) Or one of us could do something similar to my Fresno Philharmonic installment, with us acting the role of tour guide. Think about it. Could be fun!