Although I’m no longer an active performer, music will always conjure images of passion and sacrifice thanks to my mom, a self-taught pianist who scrimped and saved during nursing school to buy the violin that ultimately became my appendage for 20 years (she planned on playing and then the kids started coming down the pike…), and who snuck me to private music lessons under an oath of secrecy because my dad thought music was superfluous; something that could only take away from a booming medical or law career.
So it’s no wonder that – particularly in the face of school budget cuts for the arts – I feel enormously happy when I see music made readily available to the public. The Town of Watertown’s free, family-friendly summer concert series runs every Thursday from 6:30 – 8pm until August 16. Tomorrow, acclaimed local musician Phil Wilson will lead his Berklee group in an evening of big band jazz.
At Saltonstall Park, Main Street, Watertown; rain venue – Watertown Public Library