Day 17 Make & GIve: The Gift of Music

Today is the seventeenth day of my special holiday season of giving. From now until December 25th, I plan to make and or do something special for someone I may or may not know.I’m hoping that these little acts of kindness will inspire my readers and their friends to do the same!

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We have the great fortune every holiday season of going to the “Candlelight” concert performed by the students at the high school our children attended. Both our kids participated each year: our son in the Orchestra and our daughter in  various choral groups.  Today’s show, like every year, brings tears of joy to my eyes! These students are so incredibly talented! There’s a symphonic orchestra, a wood wind ensemble, a jazz ensemble, a women’s chorus, a capella groups and chamber singers. Fifteen  pieces were sung and or played. The seting is very intimate, with the only illumination being the backlighting of the stage and the battery-powered candles that the singers carry.  The concert is continuous:  one song after another with the kids moving silently on and off stage and up and down the aisles of the auditorium. Every bit of this one hour production is perfectly coordinated.  The weeks leading up to concert, they will put on 6 shows, are filled with gruelling practices, they even record a CD!   Tired as they are, these kids rise  to the occasion and sing and play their hearts out. As I sit there, I believe that all feels definitely right with the world even if only during this brief delicious time. The concerts are free, a gift from the high school to the community. What a gift! My “Make” today was to give our choral director,  Mr. C., whom we have known for many years, a homemade bread and a tin of hot cocoa. He will need a little something to snack on during those long rehearsal sessions. I feel so blessed to have again attended this performance with my parents and our son, an alum.

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I often wonder how much happier our world might be if there was more singing and music making every day?  Just a thought…

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