I love listening to live classical music: hearing the orchestra tune up, the silence before the first string is played and then the crescendo of music. I know that may not be common for a 25 year old man, but I think there’s something so relaxing and transcendent about it. It’s also really fun to watch musicians who you know have been training and practicing for years get to do their thing. That’s why our night at the Orlando Philharmonic was such a treat.
We started the night with an instrument petting zoo, where Stacey and I learned how to play the trombone, french horn, and violin among others. It wasn’t necessarily a pretty sound, but attempting to play those instruments sure gives you an appreciation for what you see and hear on stage afterwards!
Speaking of the music, it really was beautiful. I appreciated that the conductor took a moment before each piece and explained a bit of the history of what we were about to hear along with some musical things to listen for. OK so we weren’t the youngest people there… far from it actually, and that’s why I issue this challenge: If you’re a young person and you think going to the Philharmonic sounds boring, just give it a try. No, it’s not a spectacle like Britney, but that’s not always a bad thing! You get to close your eyes, let your mind wander and enjoy. Just try it. You might be surprised.
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