America with Music
music an integral part of her life since early childhood, Margaret
Meg Johnson Thomas 60 feels privileged, in the
wake of the events of September 11, to use her talents to help heal
the wounded spirits of the victims families and friends. As
a 25-year member of the first violin section of the John F. Kennedy
Center Opera House Orchestra, Thomas performs regularly for all
ballets at the Center and with the Washington Opera. Thus, she took
part in A Concert for America on September 24, attended
by the mourning families of the Pentagon victims, First Lady Laura
Bush, and Senator Edward Kennedy.
It was an enriching experience one that allowed participants
and recipients alike to focus on the many emotions of music and
to feel its healing powers, Thomas says. Raised in a musical
family herself, she is a firm believer in the ability of music to
feed the soul and nurture the spirit, and she delights in inspiring
others to invite such a gift into their lives.
Thomas has devoted herself to the violin since the age of 7, putting
it aside only while raising her three children. During the past
three decades, she served as a 17-year concertmaster of the Fairfax
Symphony, a teacher, and a member of a string quartet.
Thomas says that other Oberlin alumni involved in A Concert
for America included Lora McDonald Ferguson 63, Milton
Stevens 64, Bill Foster 66, J. Reilly Lewis 67,
soloist Denyce Graves 85, Daniel Foster 91, Kathryn
Meany 92, and Eugene Mondie 92.
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