So, a month or so ago, the kids were given the opportunity to sign up to play with the local symphony orchestra tonight. HH and I thought that sounded like a good idea, so we signed them up.
I thought it was just going to be a low key little performance where the orchestra accompanied them in a few pieces and then it was done.
Turns out, it was the other way around and the kids were a part of a much bigger concert including a shortened version of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol", beautiful music by the symphony orchestra, and parts of the Nutcracker ballet performed. With the kids playing their part in the middle. A friend asked if I was nervous for them. I think if I'd understood what they were a part of initially, I might have been, but since I only caught on gradually, it didn't occur to me.
And they did great. There were probably over a thousand people in the audience (I'm really not good at those sorts of estimates), but they didn't seem nervous at all. And it was fun to here the guy sitting behind us comment on what a great tie Little M was wearing (the guy didn't know it was Little M, but he was on the front row and the guy said it right when he walked out. And, I'll be honest, he did look pretty awesome in his tie).
The whole evening was really nice. A beautiful concert and a great way to get into the Christmas season. And now the kids are pretty dang proud of themselves. Sweet P has been talking about it quite a bit since and how she must be famous since she played in such a big performance center where other famous people have played.
I love it.