Last Friday’s Farmville Herald included a notice that the Richmond Symphony Orchestra would be performing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on November 12 at Longwood University. Farmville is not all that far from me, so I was tentatively planning to attend, even if they did make me wear a mask.
Until I read the second paragraph, that is: “As part of Longwood’s arrangement with the RSO, proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a photo ID will be required at the door.” Also: “All attendees must wear a face covering.” Just to make sure they’re really, REALLY safe.
Well, I guess the only fifth I’ll be seeing that Friday will be one of Jameson’s.
This is the first occasion on which my activities will have been restricted by my unvaxed status, but I’m certain it won’t be my last. I’ll post about future ones as they come up, at least until they become so routine as not to be worth mentioning. Writing about such an extreme affront helps me experience my outrage fully and hardens my resolve not to roll up my sleeve and allow that needle in my arm.
I comfort myself with the thought I most likely wouldn’t have enjoyed the performance, anyway: based on the photo of the orchestra, at least 98% of the musicians are white, which would surely trigger me.