Friday, February 3, 2012

Thing 1's Big Concert

(I'm behind on a few recent events, so here's my first installment in catching up.)

Well, it's the first of a couple of big concerts. Thing 1 has been diligently practicing violin with a group called the Festival Strings. It is a group of Junior High School-aged kids who play in an orchestra. They have somewhat infrequent, but insanely long rehearsals in preparation for a big concert this month. It is directed by the Conductor of the Hershey Symphony, and her special interest happens to be arranging orchestral music for this age group, so they spend a lot of time doing her arrangements.

As part of their overall experience, the group got to play a few numbers in the Hershey Symphony Christmas Concert. The kids sat right in with the symphony members and played with them. It was very cool to see Thing 1 next to the "regulars," getting to play in such a beautiful theater like the Hershey Theatre.

Thing 1 in the "catacombs" beneath the theater

She had to wait for me to be done with chaperoning duties to join the family upstairs. I can't believe how much she's growing up!

Thing 1 is in the middle, wearing the white headband. Another one of Stacy's brilliant ideas!

The family after the show

Carol of the Bells
(The actual video was too big to upload but this recording was made at the concert.)


Emily Foley said...

The white headband is genius! Congratulations to Kate, that is quite an accomplishment. I'm so impressed.

Boquinha said...

Thanks, Emily!

And thanks, Mark, for posting this. I'm so grateful you help me out on here! Plus, I love to hear your perspective. :)

She did BEAUTIFULLY. She has a maturity about her that is palpable. I feel so lucky to be her mom.

Vivian said...

Mark my words: it won't be long until Kate is one of the "regulars" mentoring a newbie. How do you get to Carnegie Hall... (oh, yeah. been there, done that) but still, keep up the practicing :)

April (Thorup) Oaks said...

Good for her!