Emmet (17) and I went to Macky Auditorium last night to hear a concert—Emmet bearing one of the only non-gray heads in the house. Joshua Roman played the cello through a very eccentric Gulda concerto and then returned to the stage—to mad applause—to offer a gift: Mark Summer’s Julie-O. The entire audience was rapt. I was aware of how special this moment was and thought of the line from Colum McCann’s Dancer, “The real beauty in life is that beauty can sometimes occur … ” Art.

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