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Healing Through Music - Report of Oct 17, 2021 with guest flutist Eric Maul and pianist John Thomas

From Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess", performed by Bob Desilets on chromatic harmonica with recorded piano accompaniment, all the way from Rhode Island,

through the infusion of the Japanese concept of Ma or space/silence in "Air" by Toru Takemitsu (1930 - 1996), a piece evoking the importance of breath and air in our lives,

through the hunting beauty of the African-American spiritual in "Deep River" by H. T. Burliegh (1866-1949);

from Debussy's "Syrinx" to the "Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits" by Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) evoking gods, spirits, and nymphs;

through "Toan-Yan (le fete double cinq)" by Pierre Octave Ferroud, and his tragic death,

to the majestic slow "Sarabande from the Partita in A minor" by J.S Bach (1685–1750)

pieces performed by flutist Eric Maul, and pianist John Thomas who connected to us from the architecturally, and acoustically beautiful UU Church in Provincetown, our afternoon at Open Mic Classical on October 17th, 2021 was a touching hommage to loved ones lost through the covid-19 pandemic.

Life is a cycle of birth and death, and when words fail us music is there to transcend the unknown, and bring us healing.

Thank you to our musicians, and public for fostering our classical music community.

For more on flutist Eric Maul and pianist John Thomas visit their websites:, and


"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brewster Cultural Council, Harwich Cultural Council, Orleans Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency."


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