Letter: Orson Maazel’s inspiring vision

As an artist, I’ve always thought that the purpose of art was to make you think. Last Saturday, I attended “A Time to Break Silence” at Castleton for a concert exploring the connections between art and human rights. There was music from SALT Opera and some speakers from Sudan and North Korea.

Due to the subject matter, it was not the easiest or lightest of programs, to say the least, but it made me think about purpose and commitment, and how sometimes art is the only way to heal the deepest of wounds. I was moved by the intent of the evening and by the remarkable commitment of Orson Maazel to the causes he believes in. Orson organized and emceed the program.

I’m inspired by that vision as I’ve seen Orson grow from the boy who was part of the first Kid Pan Alley project into who he is today. Bravo.

Paul Reisler

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