|Michael Boudewyns as Sam I Am|
Playing recorded classical music at home or in the car is all well and good, but there's nothing like taking children to the symphony for a real, live performance. Unfortunately, children have shorter attention spans than adults, have more difficulty remaining silent throughout the performance, and are prone to late-night meltdowns around the time that the orchestra is typically tuning up and ready to go. The Lollipops concerts are on Saturday mornings, and because there are more kids in the theatre than adults, you don't feel like your child's questions, comments, or ants-in-the-pants antics are ruining anything for other audience members. What's more, each of these concerts has done an excellent job of engaging audience members of all ages, from tiny preschoolers up through adults. There are activities in the lobby prior to the concert, such as opportunities for kids to try out percussion instruments with symphony musicians, as well as themed word searches and coloring sheets. Today's performance involved actor Michael Boudewyns, whose Cat In the Hat voices had my husband laughing so hard that tears were streaming down his face, as well as delightful soprano Kimberly Schroeder, who sang about how she would not, could not, eat green eggs and ham. What a fantastic way to introduce small children to the operatic concept!
|Jacomo Rafael Bairos, Assistant Conductor, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra|
Prior Lollipops performances have involved puppets, and I understand that ballet dancers from the North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance will be assisting the Symphony with their next Lollipops concert, Carnival of the Animals on April 30th. You can buy tickets to that concert here. I hope to see you there!