I want to start by apologizing for the number of posts in a row that were reviews. There have been some things that I was working around and that just kind of happened. I try not to do more than one review in a row and seldom want to do two in a week. So, hopefully, that many review in a row won’t happen again. Now, onto the ABCs.
C is for Concert
I chose concert for the letter C this week because L and I had a wonderful time at a concert last night. There are no pictures because it was a last minute opportunity and I forgot the camera.
The local symphony was performing and they had a guest artist. Jennifer Koh was performing with the symphony. Ms. Koh is a very talented artist and it was a treat for L to get to see a professional violinist. L wants to learn to play the violin. She has not gotten to start lessons yet and is continually letting us know that she thinks she is old enough for that. While we are reminding her that more goes into the decision than just how old she is, it is difficult for her to find the patience to wait until the time comes where she can begin to learn. So, for now, we will try to treat her to some special performances like this.
Ms. Koh played the Sibelius Concert for Violin and Orchestra. It was a nice piece of music and L enjoyed the performance a lot. While she really enjoyed the violin, I think the first two pieces actually made a much larger impact on her.
The first piece was the Stephen Chatman’s a cappella setting of the poem “In Flanders Fields” by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (1872-1918), Canadian Army. It was beautiful and it really struck a chord with L. That piece was followed by the final section of the requiem Mass Requiem: In Paradisium by Maruice Durufle. Both of the pieces really touched her. So much that she wanted to learn more.
She wanted to learn the poem. She wanted to write her own poem and set it to music. She also wanted to write something about World War I and learn more about the poppies. So, we are creating a study related to this poem, the choice of poppies as the commemorative flower, and the memorial that has gone up this year at the Tower of London. It ought to be fun.
Concerts are a wonderful way to touch the soul of a child. Music opens worlds and ideas and thoughts that nothing else can. If I had suggested this kind of a unit, she would have participated and learned but she will fall in love with it all because it was her idea and the impetus was the music of the concert. She did fall more in love with the violin at the concert and it was a very special mother-daughter evening but more than that, she fell in love with something deeper, richer, and more capable of enriching her life – learning. At Home.
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