It has been my lifelong dream to perform the Beethoven Concerto with orchestra. But last year when the offer finally came, the timing could not have been worse: my life was in complete upheaval with a divorce in progress, a house to sell, and two young teens to help through it all.
I knew it would take a year to prepare this concerto under the best of circumstances, and I had no idea where I would find the time or presence of mind to do it. Every day felt like a failing battle against an onslaught of emergencies--and the impossible Beethoven Concerto looming over my head. Two months before the March, 2019 performance date, I was on the verge of canceling when I woke to the realization that I was playing the music of an artist who, while writing this piece, struggled daily with adversities far greater than my own: deafness, isolation, and utter despair.
Beethoven's indomitable Spirit gave me the courage I needed to humbly pick up the violin every morning and practice. Prioritizing Beethoven placed a lens of beauty over my chaotic world, and it changed everything.
Beyond my dream performance on March 9, I would like to take the Beethoven Concerto off the stage and into the "real world" to bring beauty to others who are facing adversity, and to be inspired by their stories of strength and courage.