Danielle Ames Spivak is Executive Vice President and CEO of American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In our monthly newsletter, she opens with thoughts on music, community, and the role the Israel Philharmonic plays in our lives. Below is her letter from the October 2020 newsletter.
John D. Rockefeller was a successful businessman and famous for always keeping quiet in meetings. He explained his silence by saying that the less he spoke, the more he heard. Rockefeller understood that wisdom can be achieved by listening more and speaking less. Why is music, and especially classical music so powerful? Because it encourages us to listen more. Listen closer. When words fail, music transcends. Astute listening is the key to fulfilling relationships, in business, friendship and family.
This month we’re delving deeper into relationships of all kinds, reflecting overall on lessons we can learn from music appreciation. We are passionate about music education and are so proud of the impact that KeyNote has on thousands of children annually. By teaching music, we are really sharing the life skills of cooperation, teamwork, responsibility, perseverance, and the art of listening. It is thanks to your support that our programs are possible.
P.S. We hope you’ll join us for our new video chat series, Schmoozic, where we’ll be talking about all this and more!
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