"Mom," says little Joey, "when I grow up I'm going to be a musician!"
Take a seat. And listen to our Culture FRONT story on the RSO's director David Stewart Wiley and his celebration of a 20th anniversary. We're pretty sure it's a milestone only a grownup could get.
"That's nice honey," she replies. "But you know you can't do both."
And there you have it. Some folks regard music and the people who engage in it as a trivial enterprise. Something for fun. A hobby. A sideline thing to do, after your real job.
But there are adults making music. For real: grownups! And the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra is about the finest example of a serious venture requiring talent and skill and work and commitment that's as driven as any you'll find in the grittiest of factories.
It's also all so very business-like.