The viola is a beautiful, deep, rich sounding string instrument, though many do not actually know of its existence.
It lives in different sections on stage sometimes between the two sections of violins and sometimes as the bridge between the unmistakable cellos and the melodic violins.
It is hard for the layperson to say what the viola offers to the orchestra but its presence would surely be missed.
It is the support in the background, the one that helps tie up loose ends and adds nuance. Its role is not lauded because it does not take up center stage and does not demand attention.
It is the mother of the orchestra, keeping the wheels oiled and spinning.
And it is time that violas and mothers get the credit they deserve.