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Symphony in Space: Community in a Muffin

Posted Feb 19 2011 12:00am

I had a good day.  I had a really good day.  I had one of those days where you become cognoscente of this mini-cosmos of sunlight inside your soul, where you can’t help but say to yourself, “Ahhh, right. This is why I love life.  Life is so0o0o0o good to me.”

Of course, it’s a lot easier to love life when you also love where you live.  This afternoon, I was reminded of how much I love the Kitchener-Waterloo community after attending the Symphony in Space (Family Edition) show , put on by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony , with my good friend Melissa (A.K.A. Moo Moo Melz).

There were three things that impressed me about the concert experience.

Firstly, the Family Edition show started off by integrating the KW youth orchestra into the beginning pieces of their performance, and soon after showcased some very little people playing the violin for Variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  500 cuteness points for local youth orchestra and little violinists.  Of course, the concert itself was incredible : indeed, we were enchanted by tunes from Star Wars, Star Trek, The Planets, the Jupiter Symphony, Thus Spake Zarathustra (opening segment from 2001: a Space Odyssey) all whist marveling at fantastic projections of the solar system throughout.

And with the lively, effervescent, and charismatic John Morris Russell as conductor/host, Symphony in Space truly made me feel like I was on a journey: in time and in space, riding on nothing more than stringed staccatos lacing a trajectory between Earth and Mars.

Secondly, at the public relations level, I have nothing but good things to say about the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony .  At this point in my media correspondence experience, I have realized that it is no small thing to encounter people who are as genuinely friendly, as diligent, and as prompt as the lovely Miss Esther Wheaton, media liaison of the KWS.  Not only were we provided with the opportunity to interview the astronaut and guest host Bjarni Trygvasson after the symphony show, but upon my request, Miss Wheaton also arranged to have my professors and their children come so that they too could participate in the interview segment.  5000 points for an organization that encourages community involvement, and most importantly, that has a sincerely people-friendly media liaison.

Finally, the third thing.  To be accurate, I guess the third thing isn’t really a ‘thing’, but an agglomeration of multiple feelings coalescing into one paramount revelation: community.  Community involvement (University of Waterloo professors and their children) coupled with community orchestra (when will I finally bump into the concert master at Zehrs ?) all for community television (I genuinely love RogersTV ).  Somewhere in there, an astronaut thrown in.  Seriously, in terms of loving where you live, it really doesn’t get any better than this except, of course, if you can somehow involve food in the mix.

See, if ever you become as fortunate as me to have that “aha!” moment of loving where you live, you’ll realize curiously that everything converges in one way or another .  People, places, events, and circumstances – we’re all connected.  Like a tree.  Like a broccoli tree.

I proudly present to you now: Brocco-Choco-mmunity Muffins.

Its principal ingredients are as follows: avocado, quinoa, amaranth, goji berries, Ruddy red cocoa powder, and last but not least, Community. :-)

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