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Yesterday, I took Becky to her first classical music concert. She exceeded my highest expectation. Although I planned to leave after the first half during the intermission, as I did not think she would even last that long, her first words once the intermission started were: “Mommy, I don’t want to go home yet. I want to hear the piano.” So we stayed. She was a bit restless during the second half, but she behaved herself really well. I did not even have to shoosh her once.  We listened to the Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5. Becky told me later that while listening to the Symphony she was imagining that it was the music from the Cinderella’s wedding to her prince charming and at various times when music changed it was the arrival of guests at the wedding. One particularly cheery and fast excerpt of music, she attributed to the arrival of Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). 

Date: 2009-04-21 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anya-del-toboso.livejournal.com
wow, I am so impressed!
I could never appreciate classical music the way she does

Date: 2009-04-21 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maya-ny.livejournal.com
I am too impressed. I did not expect that. And today she stuck her ticket from the concert on to her display board over her bed.

I think it helped that I preped her well for this by telling her exactly what to expect and promised her that we can leave if she wants. Also, I told her that since this is only music, no dancing, no songs, or show, she can just sit, relax, enjoy and imagine things about the music. It worked.

Date: 2009-04-21 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anya-del-toboso.livejournal.com
cool, you did a good job. I also took Esther to a classical music concert a few months ago. She did well too. I wrote about it in my blog you probably remember

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