Being a student of classical music - every now and then I allow myself the opportunity to geek out about something that potentially relates too a small percentage of readers - but with a promised wider message :-) This is one of those times.Just recently I had the pleasure of seeing Soprano Hei-Kyung Hong in concert. Although this may have been a routine recital for Ms. Hong I was inspired in the deepest parts by her generosity as a performer. Only a few years ago Hong had lost her husband to a battle with cancer and in this recital Hong was inspired by that experience and sang a group of songs that described the stages of a relationship. This piece entitled by Schumann is a work that presents the voice of a woman falling in love with a man. They get married eventually, have children, and sadly the husband passes away, leaving the wife to grieve in the last piece. To say this was an emotional experience for Hong and the entire audience is an understatement.
Frauenliebe und leben
I was challenged after this experience to evaluate the areas of my life where I could be giving more of myself. It would have been really easy for a performer at Hong’s level to come into the concert and just spout out songs that she had been singing for years – easily removing herself from her personal life as a performer. But instead she chose to let us into her world and experience the joy and pain she felt and had lived with the life and loss of her husband.
How are we giving of ourselves? Are we willing to be honest enough with others to inspire someone else to be honest with theirs? Where are you willing to open up and be real with those around you?