To Honor the Common Good: A Message from CCC Board Member, Debbi David

Center City Concerts board member Debbi David spent 52 years in the world of education. Debbi counts the daughter of a U.S. President, a notorious inmate of Attica State prison, and many scions of Hollywood’s elite among her former students. She has acted extensively and loves music almost as much as she does her chocolate lab, Kabutu and her beloved husband the Reverend Dr. Ron David. Debbi has served as principal of five schools, administrator with KIPP and Edison Learning, and retired in 2018 as Head of School at St. James’ Episcopal School in Los Angeles.

I am a chronicler by temperament; a repository of family anecdotes; guardian of the ancestral line; keeper of birthdays and of all that is memorable, and also of much that should be forgotten.

As a member of the Board of Directors of Center City Concerts and a devotee of music, I find that the rich soundtrack that has always accompanied my panoply of memories has fallen largely silent in these increasingly colorless months. No more concerts or Broadway shows, no recitals, no operas, and no more CCC Monday noontime concerts, so dear to my heart, in the peaceful nave of St. Peter’s Church. To keep my spirits up, I’ve piped the music of Jimmy Buffet’s Radio Margaritaville through my earbuds as I walked the dog…but oh, what I wouldn’t give to be screaming and dancing instead in the pit at a real live Jimmy Buffet concert. When my brother-in-law lay dying of Covid in May, I switched to the majestic harmonies of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I’ve listened to hours of Hamilton and a wonderful Vivaldi concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic under the masterful baton of Joanne Falletta. I’ve thanked God a hundred times for WDAV in Davidson for keeping me balanced and cheerful whenever I’m in the car. And as I’ve succumbed to the ravages of age, I’ve learned to sync the music of my iPhone with my brand new hearing aids so I can be constantly immersed in music.

We have earnestly analyzed what our role as Center City Concert directors could or should be in this age of social distancing. To honor the common good, we have cancelled our planned musical events, postponed others, and sought to find technological fixes so that you and we can go on being inspired, exhilarated and soothed by the highest quality music we can bring to you. We are hoping through this newsletter to stay in touch with you and all the music lovers whose steady attendance has meant so much to us over the years. Until we can meet again live and in person, this will be our best tool for alerting you to alternative virtual concerts, recitals, and recordings. We’ll keep you abreast of musical events everywhere the internet can reach…and we’ll hope to see you continue to support us so that once the world is safe again, we can meet to hear live music as the loving, deeply bonded musical community we are. Until then, I’ll be sorting out my memories, new and old; and with the members of the Board of Center City Concerts, I will be loving you from afar…as the beat goes on.

“We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams
Sitting by lone sea breakers and wandering by desolate streams…
Yet we are the movers and shakers of worlds forever, it seems”
– Arthur O’Shaugnessy