Played, Never Finished


From the Desk of Jacob Troy Maatman:

Hello, Honors folks. The time is nigh for our Honors excursion to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and do I have an offer for you! On Thursday, March 27, the fine members of one of the nation’s most prestigious orchestras under the direction of maestro Riccardo Muti will be performing Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, a beautiful and stirring work composed by one of the earliest romantics. But wait, there’s more! Email now and you’ll hear not one, but two Schubert symphonies! That’s right; the performance will conclude with his Symphony No. 2. And if that’s not enough, Schubert will bookend Elgar’s Cello Concerto, a deep, meaningful concerto considered “a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire.” Email now!

Forgive me for adopting that perhaps indecent infomercial style. Once I saw two Schubert symphonies in the program, I couldn’t resist. In all seriousness, the music we will hear that Thursday night will be truly beautiful. Not only would we be privileged to hear two Schubert symphonies (even his famous Unfinished Symphony), but also the virtuosity and depth of Elgar’s wonderful cello concerto. The performance begins Thursday, March 27, at 8:00 p.m., in Chicago’s illustrious Orchestra Hall. The cost? Only $10. With such a program, the decision is clear. Regarding logistics, I propose we take the vans and leave Trinity no later than 6:30 p.m. Assuming a 45-minute drive, we would arrive in Millennium Park’s South Garage around 7:15 p.m., placing us within a stone’s throw’s distance from the hall. I believe the doors open a half-hour early, so such a plan gives us an adequate amount of leeway. Répondez s’il vous plaît, and soon (I like to utilize my limited repository of French expressions whenever I can. In English: Respond if it pleases you, and soon.). Due to the performance’s temporal proximity (that phrase just kind of happened, but it sounds cool) we are compelled to order tickets soon. Send your response to, and, if your response is affirmative (the light of reason forces an affirmative, I think), expect me to stop by, coffer in hand.

Here’s the link to the performance’s webpage:


P.S. Thanks to the venerable source, Wikipedia, for the well-phrased quotation above.


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