Italy is in the midst of one of the worst wars it has ever experienced. In its war against the Coronavirus, it has lost over 7500 lives - more than any other country in the world. Over 2000 years ago, Italy was in the midst of another war, a civil war being led by Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar. Marcus Tullius Cicero was one of the leaders working with Pompey and was eventually executed by Mark Anthony. Cicero was also known as one of Rome's greatest orators and a master of the Latin language. One of his most famous quotes is, "Dum spiro, spero". Translated, "while I breathe, I hope".
One of the disappointments of social distancing for me and Caroline has been the suspension of our Georgia Wind Symphony schedule. I find peace in listening to this arrangement by Chris Pilsner being performed by our Georgia Wind Symphony and directed by Conductor-Emeritus, David Gregory, "Dum Spiro Spero".