I became a mother for the first time on Dec. 28, 2001 at 3:38 p.m., and the experts were right. Everything changed.
But that really wasn't a shock to me. What did surprise me? How I reacted to family members or friends inviting me to go places with my children. For example, you would typically hear me say something like:
No, I can't go at that time. Baby needs to eat.
No, I can't go to that restaurant. She won't eat anything but bologna.
No, I can't go there with a stroller. No elevators? No way.
Nay. What if she breaks something or throws a fit?
No, I couldn't get her to sit through that. She's got the attention span of a gnat.
This Sunday at 3 p.m., the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and our kid-at-heart violinist Nick Kendall host a special one-hour concert designed perfectly for *that* kid: the kid who wiggles and giggles in her seat (aka my daughters, now 10 and 5 years old). It's our family-friendly symFUNy Sundays series, and I'm here to reassure parents who are nervous about bringing children to the Hilbert Circle Theatre. We WANT your kid.
Nick and ISO assistant conductor David Glover use humor, expression, interactivity and high energy to engage our young listeners. I happened to peek into this same concert when we performed it for school children last week (as part of our Discovery Concerts), and I was thrilled to see the students' reactions to the orchestra. The kids were laughing. The kids were listening. The kids were participating. Two teachers emailed us after the program:
"The concert was WONDERFUL!! My favorite of the last 5 years I've been bringing students!"
"It was superb!! I really appreciated the soloist that was also the speaker. I think it gave students a personal connection to the violinist. It let them see that he was just a normal person like them."
symFUNy Sundays: it's an hour (perfect for that short attention span). It's accessible (bring that stroller -- we have elevators). It's welcoming (if you need to get up and take her to the potty, go for it!). It's affordable (tickets here). And best of all, it's fun (hence the title. Let those kids wiggle and giggle all they like!).
Join us this Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. (and arrive early - there are lots of activities to do with your kids, including the popular Instrument Petting Zoo!).
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