You might be thinking, based on the title, that this post will be about my newest patterned paper collection titled Sweet Symphony. However, this post is really about our night out at the Kansas City Symphony's Christmas production this past weekend.
I have a hard time finding words to really tell you just how fantastic the show was and that is mostly because it is hard to put into words, just how moving and inspiring music is to me. This wasn't the first year that we've gone to a Christmas production put on by the Symphony and yet I always come away feeling surprised at just how much fun we had. Again. Of course there's the orchestra, there is always singing (both a chorus and soloists) and sometimes dancing, there's usually a visit from Santa, perhaps a handbell choir, lots of jingle bells....it is always a joy -- the Symphony's Christmas show. This year, we heard an a capella version of Ave Maria performed by the Kansas City Symphony Chorus as well as the Allegro Children's Choir -- maybe 175 voices in all -- and it was quite possibly the most beautiful thing I've ever heard in my life. The arrangement was almost a conversation back and forth between the two choirs and then when they joined together to sing as one.....unbelievably gorgeous.....truly. Bart and I just kept saying, "Wow." as we clapped and clapped when they finished singing. Like I said, perhaps the prettiest thing I've ever heard.
You might say that you're not really "a symphony type person". Classical music might not really interest you at all. However, the Symphony's Christmas production is a completely different story because you will recognize 95% of the songs that are played! It's all Christmas songs that you grew up hearing.....classic favorites that we all know and love. You'll smile, you'll probably laugh a few times, you might even be moved to tears. You'll hear songs that are familiar to you....and when you hear songs from favorite Christmas movies like It's a Wonderful Life or even Polar Express being played by a huge orchestra......well like I said, it's hard to describe how thrilling it is.
I realize that it may be too late for most of you to catch your local Symphony's Christmas production this year, but I'd encourage you to add it to your list of things to do next year. You'll be so glad you did!
You can probably even get on your Symphony's email list, so that you can get notices about just such events when the time arrives. In fact, that's what happened with us.....they emailed Bart saying they had $15 seats available!! He snatched up a couple of them and I'm so glad he did. Going to some sort of Christmas show each year is such a lovely tradition, whether it's the Symphony or the Nutcracker or whatever. Bart and I started this tradition for ourselves several years ago and I'm so glad that we were able to carry on this beloved McVey tradition again this year.
Do you have a favorite Christmas tradition.....an event that you and your family go to or try to do together each year? If not, it's never too late to start!