On Saturday, the Philadelphia Orchestra hosted a Holiday Spectacular show for the whole family. The thrilling concert included dancers from the Nutcracker, a storyteller, carolers, and a visit from Santa Claus. It was the perfect event for all ages because the fast-paced production featured the most appealing Holiday songs. Our seats in the box facing stage right afforded a fantastic view and a little extra leg room for Hannah to shimmy around. I’m no stranger to Verizon Hall because I attended several shows each year using their student discount program while attending Drexel University. Without a doubt, I can say that we sat in the perfect location for our family to best enjoy the concert.
As the music started, it immediately captivated Hannah, my 17 month old. A broad smile enveloped her face and she waved her arms around to show her enjoyment. Even Audrey, at just 3 months, watched the stage intently as the musicians performed a joyful Holiday medley. My husband Zac and I shared a smile while watching inspiration strike our two youngsters. There is no doubt in my mind that experiences like these shape the creativity of the next generation. Hearing music on the radio or watching TV sing-a-longs should only be supplements to learning about music in its authentic form. I’m so happy that the orchestra pulls out all the stops to create an enjoyable show for the whole family.
We can’t wait to go back next month! Will you join us for the Sound All Around series in January or the Carnival of Animals in February? I’m planning to pair that one with a trip to the Zoo to celebrate Hannah’s Dada’s birthday. Click here to learn more about the programs and to purchase tickets. The orchestra has many affordable options for tickets and community outreach programs, so please do not let cost hold you back from sharing a delightful music display with your children.
Disclosure: We received tickets to attend the show from the Philadelphia Orchestra. All opinions are my own.