I met Mary Beth Ions after a performance at The Normandy Breakwater Apartments in Rocky River, Ohio. My 96-year-old friend, Bob Wicktora, had invited me because she is one of his favorite musicians. To be honest, I only went to appease Bob that evening, and to spend some time with him, because I really never liked the sound of the violin!
What I hadn’t realized was that I’d only been listening up close to beginner violinists! Yes, I can still remember (painfully) my sister Janet trying to play, and then again much later, my granddaughter Katie trying to play, but honestly, it just was NOT pleasant to my ears, so I assumed I didn’t like the violin!
Well… I can now admit that I was ignorant!
Mary Beth Ions gave me a new perspective on violin music!
If you think of a violinist, do you think of someone seated, reading the music from a stand, playing the instrument without paying much attention to the audience? Mary Beth Ions, whom I call an “earth angel,” is determined to break the violinist stereotype that comes to mind for most people.
Mary Beth plays so beautifully that I could just close my eyes and be swept away. In fact, I could close my eyes and listen to her play ALL DAY LONG. But why would I do that, when I would miss SO much of her show!
Mary Beth Ions believes that ¾ of her audience might be watching and
Please don’t miss the clip of Mary Beth Ions and her violin at the beginning and again at the end of this video.
Then, please make a comment to me or Mary Beth in the comments section below.
I would be so happy if you would tell her how much you enjoy the video clips!
Mary Beth, a BIG THANK YOU to you!
Big THANK YOU to The Normandy Senior Living for making this episode of Aging Gracefully TV possible!
The Normandy Breakwater Apartments are located at 22701 Lake Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116.