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"Hi, All:Another grand night of “Inside the Classics.” The script was the best I’ve heard – mdaornt, economical and moving. The 5th Symphony struck me as a striking example of the purpose of all art – be endlessly interesting, made every bit of the thing captivating. Never, never, never, let the auditor go. Don’t just do something, have a purpose in mind for doing it. Interestingly, I would swear if I didn’t know of the composer I would still know that the 5th was Russian. It has a direct, coarse, earthy texture. (Or am I imagining this?) It feels like Russian literature. I don’t really care if Shostakovich accommodated the 5th Symphony to be palatable to the party line. If it’s effective, it’s effective. Would the critics even know the music had been adjusted if they didn’t know the background of the piece? Knowing little about music, I can still readily envision – must be lots of it out there – a piece that is wild and unorthodox – and worthless – and another piece orthodox and inoffensive – and magnificent. It seems to me greatness does not reside in being offensive to some of the audience – that’s neither here nor there. Neither is it in not being offensive. Who cares about feelings? Isn’t it just a matter of what the work does to the imagination? Whether Stalin, or anyone else, liked Shostakovich’s music isn’t the point. It isn’t the point, either, that Hitler liked the contents of the Nazi art museums – or that he liked Wagner. I don’t care if the composer or his music fit in or not – this is great music. Greatness is not subjective and not dependent on the partaker. The 5th Symphony grips the imagination and holds on like a Russian bear from start to finish. Sam’s final comment – something about creating great art – is to the point. The quartet, after the symphony, was not to be forgotten. Not to gush, but the musical talents of the musicians came across as particularly astonishing. The violinist facing me – I thought she was going to take off – rise right up off the chair – and I wouldn’t have been surprised if she did. It takes my breath away. The quartet was a stunning piece of music. In recent weeks, I wrote a short story that was inspired by Inside the Classics. (A more inspiring evening’s entertainment I have not come across – Sam and Sarah are terrific.) I can’t help but offer this story to anyone out there who might be interested. It came from this program and this audience. Called “The Composer,” the story is my last word on the difficulty of creating something – anything. You might get a charge out of it. Inside the Classics is in it – though veiled. Just contact me at patxtra at AOL dot com and the thing is yours for the asking.Truly, Inside the Classics has been the musical event of my life. Thanks,Pat O’Regan"