Tots Inside the Orchestra
Remy and I ventured out a couple weeks ago when it was negative seven degrees, give or take, to hear some orchestra music! This show was especially designed with tots under six in mind, a way to introduce littles to live orchestra music. One for the preservation and expansion of arts and humanities in education, I thought what better way to spend a snowy morning then to sit on some carpet, let Remy crawl around and tot watch and hear some fabulous music up close.
The experience was so enjoyable, and man was it PACKED! There were tons of school groups the day we went, but we sat way on the side and had a whole stretch of carpet to ourselves by the violinists. So everyone sits around and the different instruments are spread out in a circle all around the group. The conductor narrated the pieces of music and introduced the different instrument groups. The show was made kid friendly and entertaining by exposing the children to music by way of describing the pieces as emotions. For example, this is how you might feel when you are sent to your room, a moody, slow piece is played.
There was also a vocalist from Central City Opera who sang, " Cavatina Figaro," which was both silly and entertaining for littles to hear. Oh and there was music from the Looney Tunes intro that may have been recognizable to the cartoon watching set. Also on the lineup you'll hear familiar melodies from The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky. The kids were invited to participate in certain parts of the program too. There was a cute part when a few children were asked to stand and help out the percussionists.
Remy may have had more fun crawling around and playing with everything in her diaper bag and watching the kiddos, but taking her into an environment where live orchestra music was playing, holding her up next to the violinists and drummers, that was a treat for momma too. I hope she develops a love for the arts and appreciation for music. There was also a special solo performance by an eight year old pianist! She was incredibly talented and afterwards was interviewed by the conductor and turns out as no surprise that she does not watch television, practices an hour a day except Saturdays when she has lessons and seemed to be very focused at a young age. Starlet in the making!
There are a couple shows left on February 22nd downtown and one on February 24th at The Wildlife Experience, and tickets are just $8 for adults! Get more infer here.