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I'm taking Olivia to her first big

concert on Thursday, (Joshua Bell at Chrysler Hall) and wondered if

anyone had any suggestions to help her get the most out of

it.  Would we look really nuts if we brought a small discrete

pair of binoculars with us? 

 

 

Wendy

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I often take binocs to concerts and am not at all shy about using them.

May I suggest, if you know any of the program to be presented and have recordings of any of the selections, that you play some passages for Olivia and talk a bit about the music. For example, you might point out unusual features, such as left-hand pizz. The feeling of recogition of something heard previously can act as a stimulant to listen more attentively. I use this technique whenever I'm going to a Shakespeare play. I try to read the play first and then look over some commentary. It really helps.

I hope the two of you enjoy the concert.

HS

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When I took my son to his first concert, I let him read about the artist on her website so he felt more like he knew her (it was Hilary Hahn). He was 6 at the time and he was so excited when she walked out on stage that he leaned over and whispered "Dad, I am SO nervous". It helps having them see a younger artist who uses media to stay in touch with the public (I think both Hahn and Bell fall into this category). BTW Hilary was amazing and afterward stayed until she had signed autographs and taken photos with everyone (took two with my son because she thought her eyes were closed in the first). All the good things you hear about her as a musician and the way she deals with the public are completely true (from my experience).

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We take binoculars unless we have really good seats. I don't know how old Olivia is but with really little children, I used to take hard candies and if the child began to fidget, it can be a long time to sit, I would give a candy with strict instructions not to chew. One jolly rancher unchewed is good for at least 10 minutes. You don't want to bother anyone else in the audience. Definitely listen to the music that will be played and have the child learn little snatches of it if you can that adds a lot to the enjoyment.

Have fun!

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Oops, I should have mentioned that
she is 9.  Hard candies sound good.  I think the
binoculars will keep her busy too.  We are at orchestra level
about half way back.  We will do lots of research and will
pick up a CD this week.  Not being a violinist myself, I
didn't know who Joshua Bell was, but even my teenager, who is also
not a violinist, knew who he was.  (I've been living under a
rock for a few years :-)


Thanks for the tips!!


Wendy

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That's one of those pictures that automatically brings a smile to the face. Good to see such a star looking so down-to-earth. Josh looks pretty relaxed as well.

Neil

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He was so personable!  You
kind of got the feeling he is still a little bewildered by all the
attention.  He did two encores and before the second one,
apologized and promised it would be the last one!  Like we
wouldn't have been thrilled to sit there through 20 more!  He
finished with a piece from The Red Violin that was
amazing!

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