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This Elegant Ruin By Erin Bartels arrison Knight reached into the vast body of air before him as far as his stiff, tailored jacket would allow. Beneath the powerful lights above, tiny specks of dust G waited for the fourth movement to begin so they could continue their shivery aerial dance. His fingers positioned as though he held a delicate china teacup in each hand, he took a slow breath, then rose up on the balls of his wingtip shoes, opened his eyes wide, and flicked his wrists. Instantly into the silence burst forth a vibrating, humming, menacing sound formed from a sea of strings and resonance chambers of varnished spruce and maple. Assertive and insistent, the sound lapped then crashed against the shoreline of rapt listeners like the waves of a stirred-up ocean. Then the horns sang out their answer, a powerful blast of confidence like a whirlwind. The sounds mixed and mingled, a storm of symphonic elements lashing the audience. Swirling, churning, crashing for a moment until the bottom suddenly dropped out and there was a tenuous calm. The white locks of unkempt hair that had been blowing about in the tempest settled back onto Garrison’s forehead as he


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