column on tourism: striking a chord at the Belfry Music Theater | Local News
Stéphanie Klett and Bill Barth
“Music has charms to soothe a wild chest, to soften rocks or bend a knotted oak. “
Breast, not stupid, as the common quote often appears.
The original phrase came from the mind of William Congreve, an English playwright of the late 1600s and early 1700s. The phrase appeared in one of the first scenes of Congreve’s play titled “The Mourning Bride”.
Before leaving this detour in the story, it is worth noting another sentence by Congreve, curiously taken from the same play: “Heaven has no rage, as love has turned into hatred.” Nor hell a fury, like a despised woman.
Congreve’s words have survived his name. The fate of many writers.
So, make way for the music. Thank goodness in modern usage we got rid of that pesky k.
There is another word that describes well what happens when we hear great music, and that is joy. The kind of joy you find at the Belfry Music Theater.
The concert hall is located at 3601 Wisconsin Hwy. 67 in the town of Delavan, just north of Williams Bay. The venue specializes in hosting talented tribute groups celebrating well-known artists, as well as a handful of original artists.
We were fortunate enough to be in the audience for the season debut appearance of American English, widely recognized as the best Beatles tribute band working today. Being our first visit, we didn’t know what to expect.