April 14, 2011

Spring Strings Concert

Tonight was Claire's end-of-the-year Strings concert, and with some family finagling we all attended. I say "finagling" because Claire had to be at the concert site an hour early, plus the location was 40 minutes from our house in afternoon traffic. And everyone still had to be fed around concert time. So after working out several details so our family could attend this concert in support of Claire, I was a bit frustrated that the gymnasium chosen for the concert wasn't nearly big enough for all the performers and their families.
Many folks had to stand for the whole concert just like us.
We stood in the corner and listened without really seeing much of anything, though Hamilton was able to play freely. He enjoyed dancing to some of the music, and he loved all the clapping and cheering at the end of each song.
He spent lots of time staring at another little kid who was on the top row of the bleachers.
Claire and the other fifth graders did a great job, and she loved hearing the middle-school and high-school students perform. Both were excellent and entertaining. I'm not sure if she's inspired to keep playing the viola next year at middle school, but the students' progress from fifth grade to middle school to high school was impressive.
So if anyone involved with the Strings concert reads this blog, here's my plea to please consider a bigger venue for next year's concert.