Grateful for Free Concert

The PanAm games are happening in Toronto. I am not a sports fan so I have not bought tickets to watch the games. However my curiosity did bring me out of my home, accompanied by my husband, to visit the Nathan Phillips Square downtown in Toronto.

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At Nathan Phillips Square. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I love the sign they have placed near the water and was pleased to read that the sign will stay there after the Games for a few months – and then will be moved around to various locations in the city.

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Listening to the sounds of Serena Ryder. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The best thing about my visit to the Square, though, was the free concert. The last concert I had attended was before my little girl was born – and that was over 15 years ago! I enjoyed standing in the cooling night air to listen to the sounds of Wyclef Jean and, later, Serena Ryder.

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Fireworks in the City. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

At the end of the concert, we were treated with fireworks to the music of the theme song for the PanAm Games: Together We Are One by Serena Ryder.

This week I am grateful for the chance I had to experience the free concert – and be introduced to another talented musician. I am grateful for living in a city that offers its inhabitants the chance to experience live music and stunning fireowrks.

What have you been grateful for this week?

Last week Lavender Ladi was greateful for the posts on gratitude

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Grateful for School Concert

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Waiting to play. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

During this past week I was grateful for my daughter’s school concert. The music teachers at her school organised an opportunity for parents to listen to what the children had learned and practised during the school year. I enjoyed listening to the various pieces and was impressed by what my daughter’s group played. My favourite was “The Hungarian Rhapsody” by Liszt while “New York, New York” brought back memories of my dancing days and when I used to fotroxt to this well-known Sinatra song.

Watching the concert was bittersweet as my daughter has had to choose between music and art for next year – and has chosen art.

What have you been grateful for this week?

Last week Patchwork Ponderings was Grateful for Little Flowers.

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A Spring Concert, 2012

The curtain remains closed as people stream in, looking for a place to sit. The hall hums with conversation and exclamations of greeting. Small children settle down in rows in front of the chairs set up for the audience, eagerly anticipating the entertainment their siblings will bring. Adults settle in the chairs, hoping that they have found the best possible seat from which to view their loved ones. It is that time of year: the Spring Concert in which the children`s musical and dramatic talent is showcased. And I am among one of the proud parents waiting to see my children perform.

The curtain at a school concert. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The curtain opens and the show begins. Even though the first act does not include either of my girls, I enjoy the music anyway. These are children I have come to know as I have worked around the school and it is a pleasure to watch them participate. It is like seeing a different facet to their personality.

It is time for my youngest to show off her violin skills. She sits in the front proudly, holding her instrument with ease and familiarity. It is time to begin. The ensemble lift their bows, and begin to play. I am amazed at the beautiful music the group creates – you can hear they have all practised and worked hard on playing together as a group. The difference between hearing her practice at home and play together with her classmates is astounding. I am surprised, too, at my daughter’s confidence when she was so worried to play standing aside from the group without her sheet music.

Her voice also shone when she sang with rest of the junior choir (made up of grade 4,5 and 6 girls). As their sweet voices rang across the hall, I smiled with pleasure. I could see the girls were enjoying themselves as they sang “Donkey Riding”, interspersing their song with action. When the Primary Choir sang (grades 1,2 and 3), I could not believe that it was not so long ago that I was watching my daughters sing in such a big group. Yet another reminder that they are growing up.

My eldest daughter plays the flute. Her class was the second last act of the evening. We had seen a short play (Blanch Neige et les Sept Nains), watched some singing and dancing put together by the drama teacher, and immersed ourselves in the music of the evening. As she plays the flute, she sat in the front – and I could see her clearly. We enjoyed their rendition of Queen’s song “We Will Rock You”, clapping in time with the beat.  How proud the children were to have performed for their parents a song that drew such a response.

The concert ended with a video made by a grade 3 class to showcase the theme co-operation. I am unable to show the video they made – but can share with you the song they used: Toi et Moi (You and Me) by Gregoire. Even if you do not understand French, I am sure you will enjoy the rhythm and beat of the song.

We enjoyed our evening. And as we collected the children afterwards we heard many “I am proud of you” and “you were fantastic”; and saw many children walking up straight with pride and confidence.

Do you enjoy going to school concerts?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012