Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Changing Your Opinion

Mr. Dickie
Reading the words
The Chief of Naval Operations
Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert
Before the Navy Band Concert

Remember that to change your opinion and to follow him who corrects your error is not a surrender of freedom. Your action follows your own judgement and understanding and keeps the course your mind has set.
(Marcus Aurelius, Meditation, Chapter VII, 16)

Last night, 7 October 2014, Cyndi and I took the subway to the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD where we attended a "free" 80-minute concert by The United States Navy Band.  The concert entitled, America's Navy - On The Sea And Beyond, celebrated the Navy's 239th Birthday and the 200th Birthday of the Star-Spangled Banner. The program featured three of the six ensembles that make up the Navy Band: Concert Band, Sea Chanters and Cruisers.  We selected our own seats near the back and on the aisle on the 800-seat orchestra level.  There was a full house.  

I thought the program was wonderful.  I particularly enjoyed the first solo vocal of the Josh Groban song, Brave and the duet, near the end, of the Bill Withers song, Lean On Me.

This was our first visit to the Music Center which is a beautiful building with wonderful acoustics.  It's across the street from a Red line Metro stop and a Metro parking garage. The second level of the parking garage is connected to the Music Center by a fly-over.  The Center is the second home of The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

We took photos prior to the performance using Cyndi's camera.

Dick Henthorn
8 October 2014

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