Monday, March 19, 2007

VIDEO/SLIDESHOW | Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious

I'm not big on school concerts; never have been. When I was growing up, I thought of school concerts as 30-60 minutes of sheer pain and boredom, and dreaded going to them - especially my brother's concerts. Not that he was bad, or that the band was bad. In my opinion, it just always seemed like the same tired old music. Even if it was performed perfectly note for note, I would rather have been at home than sitting in the school cafeteria listening to the band. That's just the way it was. And it's easy to imagine (not having any kids of my own) that the reason people go to school concerts is because they are parents and they have to, not because they really want to.

With all that said, one might be surprised to hear that I went willingly to the Cherry Blossom Children's Concert. Honestly, I've wanted to go the Children's Concert for the past two Cherry Blossom Festivals, but I haven't been able to make it because of work. Yeah, I know - me actually wanting to go to a children's concert sounds a little odd. The photos and stories we've run in the paper in the past have always made the kids look so cute and made the event sound like so much fun. Plus it's hard not to think little kids are cute and funny when they're singing about "icky romance," like they did tonight.

Tonight's concert was actually even better than I thought it would be.

Before the evening started, the mayor read a proclamation naming March 2007 Music in Our Schools Month, and Bibb Commission Chairman Charlie Bishop told a funny story about his own experiences trying to play an instrument when he was younger - turns out he was tone deaf.

The theme of the night was "Lights! Camera! Action!" and about 450 children from Bibb's public schools performed popular music and dance pieces from the movies. Pieces included the themes from "Mission: Impossible," "Superman" and "Star Wars," as well good old classics "What a Wonderful World" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Also on tap were children's classics like "Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious" and "Candyman," which was my favorite performance of the evening by the way. This teeny little kid dressed in a suit went "dancing" through a group of girls much older and taller than himself. He was too funny for words.

All in all, what made the concert good in my opinion was the variety of performances. It wasn't just a band - it was a children's choir, it was dancers, it was soloists. And the music choices made the whole thing even better because it was easy to tell the kids were having fun. And it was obvious that they had worked hard to prepare for the night. It made it kind of sad that the auditorium wasn't jam-packed. Don't get me wrong - it was crowded, but not as crowded as it could have been.

Anyway, here's hoping if I ever have kids their concerts are as fun and entertaining as the one I went to tonight.



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hmmm..... I seem to remember sitting through some of those concerts when my daughter was learning to play the flute in middle school. Parents swell with pride as their little ones perform... and even the sour notes seem beautiful to the ears! :)

I have been to the Cherry Blossom Festival in the past and I really enjoyed it. I don't live close enough to get there every year, but this blog is a great way to keep up with all the events. You are doing a great job of journaling all the activities! Keep up the good work!