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Burlington, VT

This was one of the best programs I've seen about music! Keep up the good work
Ms L Coburn
Farmington, NM

Saturday June 3,2006 1:00 a.m. I just watched the delightful Independent Lens program about the Philadelphia Orchestra on KNME (Albuquerque). The majority of people who do not watch PBS assume it is all about classical music and opera. Those I get to speak to about PBS are surprised to hear that those are the least heard music on PBS TV. Which I personaly feel is a shameful oversight. Tonight's program was like a rainstorm here in the desert: cooling, refreshing, welcomed, and all too rare. For some reason, I cannot link up with the follow up site to read more about the musicians, so am commenting here. They were quite insightful, interesting and entertaining. I hope this will be an oft repeated program, and that there will be similar ones now and then. Thank you for an entirely enjoyable evening

Maria Davidson
Norfolk, VA

Having lived in Philadelphia, also a subscriber to the concerts, during the 60's, early '70's, when they were in the majestic Academy of Music, I was enthralled with your "Music from the Inside Out." It was a golden era in my life to have been within "touching" the magic and colors, and above all experiencing what you so wonderfully achieved in your film. The musicians of the Orchestra I knew in those days are gone now, but they were so much like the ones you showed, in character, in magnificent talent, in humility, and humanity. At the end of your piece, I felt tears of love for those years I spent in Philadelphia, and I realized again that I had experienced so many of those "highs and unity," and "perfect moments of art" while sitting in the Academy listening to the Philadelphia Orchestra. Thank you for making your piece fill me with those memories so completely. I truly believed then, and still do, that The Philadelphia Orchestra is the greatest orchestra in the world.

Jeff Fraser
Rochester, NY

I am a violinist, musician, music teacher, orchestra and chamber music performer and I certainly could identify with the feelings and thoughts of the Philadelphia Orchestra players. What a great film. I've also had the good fortune to have played with two of the players -- David, the concertmaster, who played Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy" with our local Penfield Orchestra and Richard , the cellist, with whom I played quartets at Interlochen.

Keep making these wonderful films about the making of music -- the world needs it and so do I. Thanks.

martin kessler
winter park, florida

Let's not get too carried away with this sublime and romantic gushing sentimentalities. Bach had to come up with a Contata every week. That's hard work, but someone has to do it.

It's a job and it doesn't really pay that well when you come to think of it. My shoes would always look scuffed up and never be polished.

But my only deepest regret in life is I didn't become a musician--I would have been the greatest--really I would, I just know it!Trust me. The money doesn't mean that much if I could just play the Beethoven Quartets or the Bach Unaccompanied Partitas. I would be better than Yasha Heifitz, of whom the story goes: "Yasha, please hit a wrong note so we'll know you're human"

Frank Luke
Honolulu, HI

I so enjoyed the recent program that featured the Philadelphia Orchestra. I've found your other programs interesting but this one was such a delight. I would liked to have seen the one one Jimmy Scott, love his singing so much. I told all my friends about the Phil. Orch, the video was so professionally done, classy and entertaining. Attractively filmed. Congrats to all involved. I wish our own Honolulu Symphony could get a video like that done for them, they could surely use the PR. Aloha, FL.

Nancy Hopps
Hinton, WV

Music is my passion and your film helped explain--in words--why! I play some piano but it is in listening that I get so much enjoyment and emotional experience. And although jazz is my 'main' passion, the descriptions and experiences voiced by the Phila. Orch. musicians could be applied to any form of musical expression. This piece could also be called "Music, From the Outside In," as you take in and absorb the music being expressed by others. Thanks to you and the musicians.

Mike Pinkowicz
Roslyn, Pa.

I was watching "Music from the Inside Out for the third time. At the end of the movie, the orchestra goes into the fourth movement of the Brahms First Symphony, and each time I am moved to tears. Why? When I was in first grade, it was the first classical piece of music I had ever heard. I am now 57 and I still have that sense of awe.

Being from the Philadelphia area, I have had the good fortune to not only hear the Philadelphia Orchestra on a regular basis, but to meet the musicians as well. Their stories made the movie come alive. It was also fun seeing the orchestra visit some of the same places I had a chance to visit. Add on the Brahms 1st....and it was almost as if I wrote the script.

I don't know if a piece of music has ever altered my mood, but there is a sense of excitement because you are ready to emotionally ride with the orchestra, where ever they are going.

Two months ago, I was at a concert with the Vienna Philharmonic (Ricardo Muti conducting)and they were playing Mozart. The music was so beautiful, and the orchestra was playing so well, you wished you could keep the moment forever.

S. Lake Tahoe, Ca

Loved your program. I have always been a music lover. Played the trumpet, 1st chair, all through elementary and high school along with the steel guitar my mother insisted I learn (I wanted to play folk guitar).

John Palocy
Rochester, NY

As a musician and music teacher- there were so many thoughts that went by in the documentary that I have thought, but not expressed as clearly, or certainly as succinctly.
It was cool to have the musicians identified by their first names. It was part of the overall understanding in the film that it's the MUSIC that is important- but at the same time that it is intertwined with real musicians-people in their cultures, times- bodies and souls who have music as a primary focus.
This is the kind of film I would like to show to my students in the hope that they might "get it". What's it like to play in an orchestra? Why would anyone devote their lives to it? What are they experiencing in a performance.
It is a well edited and worthwhile film with plenty of grist for the mill.

J.Glogau V.M.D
Ringoes, N.J.

WOW, I tuned in by serendipity,despite my fascination I drifted off (was up at 4:30 A.M.). Woke up at 3:00A.M. and caught the re-broadcast. I am awed by the programs content it really spoke to me I will try to purchase it to share with my husband and children. It articulated so well the experience of music.

Concord, CA

This film was wonderful and inspiring. I don't know anyone who doesn't love music. Music is part of what shapes the human spirit. It affects our moods, inspires us, and tames the savage beast. I have studied music since the time I was young. I would play a piece depending on my mood. At a young age I developed a very deep appreciation for music of all types, but especially classical music. I really does move my soul. I went to hear Shaharezade (sorry about the spelling) performed by the SF Symphony a few years ago and it was brilliant. Music can move people to dance, cry or become violent. I love music.

David McGovern
Anchorage, Alaska

This film opened my mind to the different possibilties of music. A particular favorite of mine was the arab style of play. However, no offense to the musicians or the Orchestra, but I think the most incredible thing I saw was the street musician playing "The Four Seasons" on the accordian! I have always been prejudiced towards the accordian, since I've only heard it in polka before, which I hate, but that gentleman actually made *gasps* beautiful accordian music. It just sounded so neat... Kudos to PBS.

Jamie Delman
San Francisco, CA

Much to my dismay, I tuned in and caught only the last five minutes or so of the film. I was immediately drawn. As a musician myself, I felt there were feelings and insights about music that I too could have articulated and hearing certain phrases maded me say "Yes! Exactly!"

Listening to a piece of music or performance always alters my mood, its just a matter of degree. If it's a piece I don't like, I might feel annoyed, or bored. If it's a piece I "like" I can be moved to tears. The Beethoven Symphonies used to put me into a state of, it's extremely difficult to put into words, but I feel its perfection, and overwhelming beauty, I feel the presence of the spiritual and that there must be collective consciousness. This barely touches the feelings that ensue. Beethoven (especially the Symphonies, and other Classical Musicians) were an extremely deep bond between my father and I. We were extremely close. I haven't been ablt to listen to Beethoven since. I'm afraid it will be too painful, but perhaps it will be "healing". Just hearing a couple of minutes of the orchestra playing at the end of the film was profound to me, and reminded me why I wanted to (still aspired to) spending my life immersed in music. I can hear two notes of a song, piece, and be moved to tears.

ted trainor
Westminster, Colorado

I had my first violin lessons at age five and my childhood was filled with dreams of playing professionally. Circumstances didn't allow that to materialize. As a professional photographer I was commissioned to photograph the Denver Symphony on tour and was encouraged by a violinist I met to return to playing my violin after a thirty year layoff. Now that I'm retired, my life centers on my playing in a very good community symphony.

This program gave eloquent voice to my feelings about music and my profound joy in playing today. Thank you so much for presenting it and my deepest thanks to the musicians of the Philadelphia orchestra for sharing parts of their lives with us.

Lenore Spiegel
Philadelphia, PA

I absolutely loved this documentary "piece" that you presented tonight! I totally identified with the musicians and understand the broad range of emotions experienced by all.

As a college student who studied piano performance and psychology, the subject of emotions in these fields of study ran the gamut of the verbal and nonverbal. Listening to or playing pieces by Brahms, Prokofiev or Khachaturian provided an intense outlet for those emotions I could not verbalize at the deepest level. So many mood states and events in my life have been so intertwined with music that if I were to truly make all of those associations once again, some of the experienced emotions might lead to elation and some might be too painful to bear.

Hearing those musicians speak about their most intimate feelings about music brought me back to who I was, who I am, and who I always will be.

Thank you again for your wonderful presentation tonight. It was one of the best that I have ever seen on PBS.

Jim Swain
Frankfort, KY

* Music joins our spirits in the present and across time. It connects us, to the family of God.

* Yes, music can lift a person's spirits. It can connect us to who we are inside. Many times inspired music has inspired me to endure the challenges of life. To keep walking, even though my legs were tired. To forgive and love another, who had hurt me. To smile tears of joy, and to have hope.

* I had a brief year with the trumpet in the 5th grade. Got discouraged, because I played better on the side of my lips. As a now 50 year old, I am learning to play the violin, along with dear friends who have formed a quartet. We need a lot of improvement, sometimes we blend just right, though. Those times are wonderful.


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