As you all well know, David and I are enthusiastic supporters of the arts in all it’s forms. With busy work and school schedules, a small pocketbook, and in some ways limited resources, it is not always easy to get out and actually do the supporting that we like to talk about! But occasionally things just work out. This past Saturday was one of those occasions thanks to a couple dear friends and a wonderful afternoon at “A Day in the District“. (One day of free art for everyone throughout the Fort Worth Cultural District. Many cities offer similar special events so check them out! This is a wonderful way to experience the cultural treasures your city has to offer without breaking the bank.)
The day began with a trip to the Amon Carter Museum for an improvisation based dance performance by Contemporary Dance Fort Worth (through which I am now back in the saddle and attending an adult modern dance class). Environmentally inspired improvisation weaved through the museum’s main gallery and onto the front portico and lawn. Each phase of the dance expressed a unique and relatable idea in an obviously carefully thought and structured form. I loved following the dancers from space to space and seeing how they interpreted their surroundings through movement! The art and interior were brought to life in a way unique to the momentary nature of dance.
Following a tour through the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, David and I then joined a couple friends at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for an evening of Mendelssohn. Besides the extraordinary performance by the orchestra (finest I’ve ever heard), the symphony’s performance hall in the Meyerson Center was truly stunning! A vast shell-like lobby created a sense of expanse and broadness that only enhanced the impression of greater things to come. Coiling corridors opened into an intimate performance hall and incredible acoustics supported a moving musical performance.
Upon returning home, it’s no surprise that we were totally exhausted. Art, dance, music, culture, and inspiring architecture all in one day! It’s hard to forget how fortunate we really are.