"Summer time and the livin' is easy,
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high."
Do you recognize those lyrics? They come from the Gershwins' musical, Porgy and Bess. I think I was in middle school when my parents gave me tickets to see it with them. I felt so mature getting dressed up, driving to the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and walking into the concert hall where I heard the most beautiful voices and music I had ever heard (with one exception). I was introduced to a world of "professional" artists and it was "live". All of a sudden music sounded very different. I probably heard these pieces several times over the television or radio, but there was something so different that night. I wasn't hearing music through electronics and small boxes. I was hearing it straight from their voice to my ear. I have such a wonderful memory of that special evening with my parents.
In high school, I attended a series of orchestra concerts at the Academy of Music by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. Have you ever heard of him? I was too young and ignorant to realize it then, but I was watching a renowned conductor. The sounds that I heard coming from those instruments...!!!
I hope you are able to give your children a gift of hearing "live" music performed by "live" artists this summer.
Oh, the one exception to the beautiful voices that I mentioned above - that would be my mother's voice. It's still my favorite!
Lane is a long-time piano and MYC teacher at the TDS, and is also our official blogger! She is excited to share her experience about teaching music to children and helping parents learn techniques to assist their child in their learning.