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Project #3: Take the kids to the symphony?

Well, that all depends.  Here in Calgary, we are fortunate to have the CPO  (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra,) which puts on family-friendly concerts called “Symphony Sundays for Kids Series.”   In this age of tweeting and gaming, it is definitely a challenge for  people to sit still in a dark room and listen to music for two hours.  CPO has been intelligent in combining music with other art forms, thus giving people something additional to stimulate the mind and senses.  When it’s well done, the theatre, storytelling, or film actually enhances the music.  The bottom line is that if the kids and adults are coming away inspired and lifted by the orchestra experience, they are more likely to explore and experiment with other concerts down the road.

A family favourite last year, and returning this year, is BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY.  Remember all your favourite clips with Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Road Runner?  Many of them are featured in the film, along with live music to accompany the clips.  The original cartoons already had classical music accompanying the clips, and they were so well done kids didn’t even realize they were listening to Rossini or Mozart.  Remember Bugs Bunny in the “Barber of Seville?”

My kids were in stitches, and it was a joy to watch all the old faves from my childhood with live music.

So, for Calgarians:  Don’t miss Bugs Bunny at the Symphony Fri. Oct. 7 8PM, Saturday Oct. 8th 2 and 8 PM. Tickets:  www.cpo-live.com FYI:  This concert is actually not part of the Symphony Sundays for Kids Series.  More on that later, but check it out on their website.  There are about 4-5 concerts a year with an instrument petting zoo one hour prior to the performance.

For the rest of you, check what your local orchestra has to offer for families.  Going to the symphony doesn’t have to mean kids squirming and whining on your laps for two hours!


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