As you probably know, I’ve been away traveling this past week in New England, visiting family in Boston and especially enJOYing the extraordinary music at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut. Our oldest daughter, Rachel, is studying as a Yale University Fellowship Recipient this summer. During our time in Connecticut, we’ve stayed at the beautiful Mountain View Inn in Norfolk (and I highly recommend the generous hospitality of Dean and Jean Marie Johnson when you’re in the area!)–the Berkshires are something splendid to behold! While there, a particularly clever concert on Sunday afternoon warmed my educator heart during the Festival’s “Family Day” when the young artists perform in small ensembles during a family-friendly chamber concert. These extraordinary young musicians share their passion for music (and their highly expensive instruments) with young children and their families, followed by games, an ice cream social, and great family fun. The weather cooperated (sunny with the temperature about 72) and even the bugs stayed hidden for the bulk of our outside time! We were invaded by pirates when the Jigsaw Quintet (Rachel is dressed in green) claimed center stage to perform Sea Shanties for a delighted audience (who participated by saying “aarrgghh” a great deal).
Children simply adore music–it’s an international language after all–and children bring delightful reactions to any performance whether they take the stage to perform or participate as an audience member. I’m so very grateful we have the fine arts in Midlothian ISD! Just like Rachel (who grew up in MISD), you may be raising the next musician, artist, dancer, or other performing genius in your home right now. May you always support the music and passion of your own child during their youth…and beyond! Continue to stay safe and enJOY your summer! 🙂