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Thursday, August 18, 2011

There are no changing tables at the Sun Valley symphony...


On Tuesday night we went to the Sun Valley symphony's performance of Mahler's 1st symphony.  While I loved the music, there is something about the Sun Valley crowd that is completely irritating.  I felt out of place.

 I would have fit in perfectly if I had whitened my teeth, tanned my skin a few shades darker, put on my giant diamond earrings and worn a white linen skirt with a sherbet colored sweater draped over my shoulders.

 And of course I should have thought to find a cute little dog to bring as an accessory as well because apparently I missed the memo that says that children aren't to be tolerated at concerts but dogs are totally welcome.  My goodness.

 The minute we stepped foot under the canopy I felt the collective 'snap' of the heads of every usher in the room sending me their "you wouldn't dare bring a child in here would you..."  looks.  One chartreuse-sweater clad gentleman grumbled "no babies allowed in here" as I ushered Jenna and Dallin and Landon up to the row where my parents were waiting.  sheesh.

 Jackson and I sat on the grass and completely enjoyed the concert without worrying about offending anyone.  Maybe I'm a little hyper-sensitive.


 Having complained about the attitudes of some of the concert-goers, I must say that  the symphony is extraordinary and the sound is just amazing.  We've been to a couple of these symphonies now and the music is definitely worth the drive and even worth feeling a little second class.

Last summer we went to see Itzhak Perlman and it was an awesome experience.  To see that great Jewish man whose body is crippled from the effects of polio play the theme song from Schindler's List was unforgettable.


 The entire place was absolutely silent while Mr. Perlman painfully and slowly walked out on to the stage with his crutches and took a few minutes to get situated.  Once he began to play the place was transformed.  It really was so. beautiful.  I don't know how they engineer the sound under the canopy but I've never heard anything like it.

The Mahler symphony this summer was stunning as well.  We saw/heard the Utah Symphony play Mahler's 1st symphony a couple of years ago and we were completely impressed but I have to say (my dad agrees!) this was even better.

Overall I have to say that I am grateful to the Sun Valley community for providing and sharing beautiful things with the world even if I have to sit on the grass.

5 comments:

Jamie H said...

hey, that sounds amazing! take us with you next year...

ariel june said...

That's funny-Sam's talked about playing against Sun Valley in soccer games, and he said similar things. Guess I'll have to remember that!

Whenever people do things like you said that man did, grumbling "No babies allowed" under his breath, I always wish later I'd had the guts to call them out on it. Good thing you aren't as confrontational as I, even if I'm only a closet confrontationalist. :)

sariah said...

We were just listening to the Schindler's List theme song in the car yesterday. It is so beautiful! It would've been lovely to listen to it done live.
We lived in Hailey for a year and I remember how many stares and comments I had for having 3 kids (who were all under the age of 4). I'd really get the stares now with 6 kids....

Kendra Child said...

Kim, I love that you used the word "chartruese" in your blog! I'm sorry. You're not second class to me! Did you let Austin come?

Kimberly said...

Austin stayed home with his glowing red eyes. I used chartreuse because I couldn't spell fushia. (?)