After many enjoyable nights at the Symphony with just the two of us in recent months, Roger and I decided that it’s high time that we ALL go and enjoy this treat as a family! After all, the Symphony isn’t just for adults.
So, we invited the kids to join us yesterday afternoon for the first of the Generations Series, an educational and family friendly concert, featuring the DaCapo Chamber Choir and the KWS Horn Section. This was a very good choice for the four of us, and a great place to start with what is probably the first of many future trips to hear the Symphony together.
When Marissa, age 15 and Seth, age 11, aren’t working on their homework, they’re having fun. The “Work Hard, Play Hard” mentality is a Martin family tradition. Our favourite pastimes as a family are as follows – playing with our dogs, watching movies and sitting down to a good cup of hot chocolate and a game (our most recent favourite being Rummy), all the while humming or singing out loud to our favourite tunes. But, nothing beats hearing music played live, especially when it’s played in a beautiful place like the Centre in the Square.
The kids agreed that our time at the Symphony yesterday was very worthwhile. Seth, a grade 6 student who just recently started playing the trumpet expressed that it was a nice way to spend the afternoon, something different for a change. I loved seeing Roger point out the different instruments to Seth and whisper in his ear about different aspects of the event. It was especially neat that there was such an emphasis on the horns.
It is so important for people of all ages to have a well-balanced life, and I believe that life isn’t really balanced unless we have regular doses of culture. And it’s times like yesterday afternoon that I’m extra happy that our whole family shares a true appreciation of the arts.
Here’s what Marissa had to say: “It was more fun than we expected because Edwin (Outwater) was involved with the audience by communicating and educating us about the composers (Schubert and Schumann). It wasn’t boring at all. We loved it, and would love to go again!”
And we WILL go again – already have four tickets for the next Generations event on December 5th. I encourage you to connect with your family there next month. If you do, look for us so we can shake your hand or high-five you, depending on what is most appropriate for your generation!
Visit the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony online at http://www.kwsymphony.ca to purchase your tickets in advance.