Robert Baldwin, Music Director for the Salt Lake Symphony and Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Utah, shares his insight into Edvard Grieg’s “Holberg Suite” and Ottorino Respighi’s “Church Windows.” The Utah Philharmonia will be performing these pieces this Thursday at the Libby Gardner Concert Hall.
In Back to the Future, Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) travels from 1985 back to the time when his parents were young, ancient 1955. He experiences all sorts of awkward situations, but in the end discovers that he shares many traits with his parents. In essence, they are not really much different (although he is a lot cooler, naturally). Marty learns valuable lessons from the past that help him alter the perspective of his own life (and, of course, save the day).
The human mind has always been fascinated with the past, whether it’s our individual lives, or the collective history of an entire civilization. We somehow believe that it is possible to find something important by studying the past. It might be lost wisdom. Perhaps it is secret knowledge. But in the end, all that we are really trying to do is understand something about ourselves.
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