25 Feb 2013, 9:07am
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  • Of Food And Love: Classical Weekend

    A couple weeks back my friend Skyped me about a classical concert that was gong to be held at her college.  She thought it would be a wonderful experience for the kids.  She was so right.

    Last Friday, I took Cylas out of school early, picked up Roma from pre-k, and we headed to New York.

    The performance was to take place at 7:30 that evening in the Italian Academy, a section of Columbia University.  The academy’s current display is Paolo Ventura.  The kids gaped at the photos.

    The room it was held in had a small theatrical stage, but that wasn’t where all the action happened.  They cleared a space on the floor, right next to all of us.   I could have touched the viola player with my finger tips.  That would have freaked him out, so, I didn’t…but I could have.

    They played Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 (“Eroica”).  When the conductor raised his magic wand and the music started, I thought my heart would burst.  First, because it was so loud and second, because it was so beautiful.  I almost cried.  There is nothing like having music like that roll through your chest.  It was breathtaking.  My children loved it.  Cylas sat still the whole time just taking it all in and Roma wanted to dance…she cried when I told her she couldn’t.

    If you ever have to occasion to support the Praxis Youth Leadership orchestra in any way, do it!  They are providing young people with the chance to perform with seasoned musicians so they can learn and experience life as a professional.  Oh my goodness.  That was a once in a life time experience that I’ll never, ever forget, and I know my children will benefit greatly from it.

    What a blessing for your kiddos to experience the orchestra/music at such a young age! I’m glad you guys had fun.


    25 Feb 2013, 7:35pm
    by Kendra Thaler


    I can totally relate to your feelings! I am teary eyed during and after every concert Brendan and I attend. It is amazing how beautiful and expressive music is. I feel like I’m warped into a different world! So glad you are teaching your children to have an appreciation for music!

    Ugh, you just made me long to go to hear the orchestra. I too want to cry during these experiences!

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