Updated: Oct 13, 2018
If you know me, you know I am passionate about learning languages. But even language is a means. We do not speak language for language’s sake. Our thoughts use language. We know ourselves through the words that we think. But furthermore, language allows us to communicate with others. And communication creates community. Since we are made in the image of the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), we all long for community.
Music is one of the most fascinating of all languages. It allows expression that far surpasses our vocabulary. We retreat to music when our soul aches, and we run to music when our soul rejoices. A symphony can take your heart through darkness, battle, strife, dissonance and desperation, and then fight with great tension to return to the light, and then, at that moment where joy is recaptured, your soul explodes in music in a way that no words could ever express. Even better, the language of music is understood across linguistic groups, cultural groups, and generations. It is universal. And as we know from scripture, it comes from God Himself, the great song maker who sings over his creation songs of deliverance (Psalms 32:7).
On a personal level, my good friend, a violin virtuoso and maestro, Ruben Camacho understands the power of music. He thinks in music. He expresses in music. And he tirelessly and passionately trains students to do so, taking beauty to levels that surpass his own. Two of his protégées are Karen and Manuel Mendes. The Mendes siblings along with other CIMS students are world class. They have earned the right to play with some of the world’s best conductors, like Gustavo Dudamel. And we have the honor and privilege to hear the language of beauty expressed through their talents on November 3rd at 4pm.
I encourage you to invite even the strongest of musical critics, for I know they will leave this evening having experienced beauty in their souls.