Symphonic sounds

love-opera-victoria-bakerIn speaking about his renowned theory of relativity, Einstein once said “It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.”

The power of music and intuition are ideas that are largely ignored, probably because they pave the way to the unknown. Yet these basic human traits are inherent in all of us, whether we realize it or not.

You know you have truly been touched by music when all other cares and worries melt away in its presence and for one brief moment you catch a glimpse of something beyond the humdrum routine of everyday life.

To help you discover your more musical side, the Greenwich Symphony will feature a program of beautiful music on October 12-13 at 8 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively at the Dickerman Hollister Auditorium at Greenwich High School. Schuman, Ravel and Verdi are all on the program. Violinist Philippe Quint, an old friend of mine, will perform the Ravel.

Philippe is an award-winning violinist with several Grammy nominations under his belt. He has performed at world-class venues ranging from Leipzig’s Gewandhaus to New York’s Carnegie Hall. He plays the magnificent 1708 “Ruby” Antonio Stradivari violin on loan to him through The Stradivari Society.

I haven’t heard Philippe play in ages, but I know it’s always a treat and this is my chance to catch up on old times. For more information about the Greenwich Symphony and this upcoming concert please log onto

Of all the composer’s featured on the Symphony’s October program Verdi is the one who, for me, understood the primal power of music and its connection to all living things. One of my favorite quotes of his goes as follows “I adore art… when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear.”

Many people think that truly enjoying and understanding music in the loftiest sense of the word means “classical” music. But the power of music to lift you up, raise your spirits or engage your heart knows no boundaries of class, culture or hierarchy. If it touches your heart, that is the only thing that matters.

After all, Mozart himself may be an icon of classicism but in his day he was a rock star, a rebel and a game changer. He understood that the beauty behind every melody is the same as the magnificence of the universe or the perfect precision with which the earth circles the sun.

All of the arts and sciences are perfectly interrelated in my mind, and who better to concur with me than Albert Einstein himself in this my favorite quote of his “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. … I get most joy in life out of music.”


Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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