Sunday, July 1, 2012

First Orchestra

The Duesseldorf Symphony had a family day open house today. A perfect opportunity for Sophie to see her first orchestra in action. We watched school orchestras perform in the foyer for a bit, among other pieces they played Grieg's Peer Gynt.
 Then we went upstairs into the symphony hall for a shortened performance of Bizet's Carmen. 
 I have never been to the Duesseldorf Symphony, called Tonhalle, myself. It is in the old planetarium and thus a beautiful hall. This picture is a bit blurred, but it gives you an idea of what the ceiling looks like. Very atmospheric.
 Sophie was quite fascinated to see a whole orchestra for the first time. Now she realizes how many musicians it takes to play her favorite princess music. Her favorite instrument at the moment is the violin by the way. She is on the waiting list for the Clara-Schumann School of Music in Duesseldorf (such a fancy name, I love it) for an early music education program. Fingers crossed that she will get a spot for the fall.
Outside there was more play for the kids. There was also a huge balancing ball which you could stand on and which Sophie actually did stand on. Unfortunately I had my hands full spotting her on the ball so that I was not able to take a picture. They were really cool. 

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