Letter to the Editor

Grandson enjoyed family concert

Our grandson, Jack, age nine, is a sports enthusiast — soccer, hockey, you name it. So it was with some trepidation that we took him to MMF's Family Concert last Sunday. After all, chamber music is hardly every adult's cup of tea. To our delight and relief, he was captivated by (most of) the music, by the enthusiasm and skill of the Young Artist performers, and by the spirit of adventure that Adam Neiman, Artistic Director, managed to convey.

Whether it was singer Nili Riemer Bueckert's wind-up mechanical doll from "Tales of Hoffman" or Emily Daggett Smith's rousing gypsy interpretation of Rachmaninoff, the stops were out for "a really fun afternoon." Asked later what impressed him most, Jack recalled Adam saying that "music can speak to the heart". When that's true of (carefully selected) chamber music for nine-year olds, we adults need to pay attention — and be thankful.

- Ginny MacLaury



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