Category Archives: classical music

all about that figured bass

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One of the best parts of being a parent is how your childrens’ interests shape and enhance your own life. Because of Opie and her sister, I know now more about gymnastics and American Girl dolls than I ever expected knowing, as well as guinea pigs and flower fairies.

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helping indoctrinate them early


We went to another local summer concert this evening. It was intended for all ages, not just families. However, there were 20 or 30 kids there under the age of 4, and this concert did so many things right for them to have a good experience.

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best laid plans

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We went to one of the free summer concerts today: Longwood Symphony Orchestra at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade playing “The Firebird” and “Gaîté Parisienne.” I was determined to make it a success — checked for oboe parts, found out how long the pieces last, looked up the stories of the ballets so we could read while we listened, and maybe appreciate the music a little more. Brought a picnic and blanket. I was looking forward to it because I’m not sure I have ever heard either of these.

Except when we got there the program had totally changed.

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