Embracing Creativity Rather Than Rage

Image by Tim Hindes

It has been a difficult few days in Pittsburgh as our city reels from unspeakable tragedy. The Department of Music has been affected in very direct ways by the shootings at Tree of Life Synagogue. The victims and the survivors are our friends, colleagues, and mentors. The vibrant Squirrel Hill neighborhood is home to many of our faculty, staff, and students. The grief and healing has only begun.

It is normal at times of such deep sorrow to wonder how we can move forward. Should we move forward at all? The thought of going on with our normal lives can even feel disrespectful. Yet we have been buoyed by the flood of kindness and mercy (chesed) from our beautiful city.

And now one of our biggest musical celebrations of the year is upon us, the 48th Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert. If we must carry on, what better way to do so than with an art form that embodies resilience, resistance, and freedom. We are grateful to have superb musicians descending on our community, reminding us of what is possible when human beings give themselves over to creativity rather than rage. We hope you will come to the seminars and concert. We know you will encounter new insights. We know you will hear great music. And we hope in some way you will be reminded that the work of our musical community is stronger than hate.