Last night we took the boys to see the Willimantic Orchestra's spring concert. It was WONDERFUL! I didn't even realize this community orchestra existed (I suppose partly because we don't live all that close to Willimantic....), but it's an absolute gem of a group, and they did a fabulous job of presenting Gluck's Overture to Iphigenie en Aulide, Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto in A, Op. 33 (featuring a solo by the winner of the Windham Regional Arts Council's 2009 Young Artist Competition), and Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 68. The Brahms Symphony in itself was a major undertaking, and they did a wonderful job.
Being a community orchestra there was an age range of about 60 years represented. There were kids about Jacob's age, and there were grandparents, and every age in between, all on the same stage performing together. Very, very cool.
Needless to say, we all had a fantastic time, especially our musically obsessed J. At times like these I'd love to be able to crawl inside his head and hear what he hears -- I'm quite certain it's a different experience from the one I have.
The Willimantic Orchestra performs 3 times a year, and the concerts are always free. The conductor told us to go out and tell everyone -- and now I have!