Thursday, January 29, 2009

Culture



I have just returned from a night at the symphony! Snow White's high school hosted the Richmond Symphony Orchestra through a grant from the local Arts in Education program. Students from the choral, band, and art departments were featured in tonight's program. What a talented group of young people!


The night was a celebration of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. There was a "Lincoln Portrait", which was narrated by the school division's Performing Arts Lead Teacher Specialist. There was also "Prayer for Peace", and a musical tribute to the Civil War era.


What really struck me tonight was how these children have matured. The music that once made my ears bleed (think middle school performances), was now well executed and soothing. When did they all grow up???


I was humbled by one young man who had no arms. He somehow played the cello with his feet - matching the professionals bow stroke for bow stroke. It made me realize that there are no obstacles that these children cannot overcome. It also made me realize that my petty complaints are SO insignificant.


If you have the opportunity, go out and support your local school's art/performing arts programs. It's a great investment! These are our future singers, musicians, and artists. Budget cuts are reducing the funding available for these programs, but these students continue to pursue their dreams.


What a fabulous evening!

19 comments:

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

That is so awesome. What a treat.

littletoesandcheerios said...

Glad you had fun and the young man with the cello must have been amazing to see!

Life with Kaishon said...

I love this post! We just got tickets to see a play at the High School. We have to get all the culture we can around here : ).

Living on the Spit said...

That is just awesome...anyone with special abilities always inspire me too.

I hope you were able to get a recording of it.

Marlene

Mental P Mama said...

I would have loved to have been there. Abe is my hero. Just got two new books--one about Abe the Writer, and one about Mary Todd Lincoln. Can't wait to get into them. And the cellist? No words. Bless his heart.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Sounds Awesome! I have read several books on Lincoln~neat fellow!
Kids never cease to amaze me!
I'm off to offer my support tonight to the Spelling Bees!
You know I'm all about the kids!
Tell Snow White how proud I am of her!

The Incredible Woody said...

I attended Weezy's Christmas band concert. Unfortunately, they are still in the screechy stage!!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Fingers Crossed here =)

http://noenoegirl.blogspot.com/2008/12/proud-mama.html

Busy Bee Suz said...

Sounds like a lovely night supporting your local kids.
I am totally amazed by the feats of some kids (adults too) that overcome so many obstacles...yes, I have too many petty complaints.

Predo said...

Well put!! I totally agree! These children need all of our support.

I always found it odd that the music programs are the first to get cut, but sports programs always seem to have enough money. I really don't see a difference that would negate that kind of choice....

Predo said...

Well put!! I totally agree! These children need all of our support.

I always found it odd that the music programs are the first to get cut, but sports programs always seem to have enough money. I really don't see a difference that would negate that kind of choice....

mom x 2 said...

YEA!! Sounds like it was awesome! I am so out of the loop, I didn't even know that was going on last night. Cheerleader Girl tells me nothing!

:) Happy Friday !

Keetha said...

You are so cultured. What a neat thing to do!

Suz Broughton said...

I can't WAIT until my kids get to this age. I'm still at the ears bleeding stage.

belladella said...

What fun! Sounds like an awesome night.

Hope you guys have a great weekend!

(Sometimes!) Serendipitous Girl said...

What a great evening! I love that you support Snow White's interests and talents too! And how inspirational is that cello player?! The only thing I do with my feet is get pedicures and count down the days until I can put them in flip flops!

Chere said...

The fine arts department at my childrens school was amazing. I was always over whelmed by the talent of the young people. Our local high school does plays and we should attend. You are right. They need our support.

ann said...

Well,ms BHE,I have an award for you.Please come by and pick it up.See ya...Ann

Geri said...

Sounds like a great night and wow, playing a cello with your feet. That's amazing!