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For most parents, convincing kids to practice their scales is much harder than persuading them to hone their soccer skills. Mr. Holland's Opus was just the ticket we needed to give our little Bachs and Beethovens a feel for the magic behind classical music. Richard Dreyfuss plays Glenn Holland, a composer who dreams of leaving his musical mark on the world. When his wife Iris discovers she is pregnant, Mr. Holland takes a job as a high school music teacher to pay the rent. Over a thirty year span, we watch Mr. Holland leave his legacy, not by composing his opus, but by impacting his students' lives. When he instructs a struggling clarinet player to close her eyes and "play the sunset," our kids closed their eyes right along with her.
"Playing the sunset" is easy to imagine when sitting at an outdoor amphitheater on a summer evening. Finishing the last bites of our picnic dinner as the musicians warmed up their instruments, our kids had fun trying to distinguish between the sounds of the cellos and the violins. As the conductor walked on stage, and a hush fell over the crowd, we all felt the magic as the orchestra poised their bows to play. And play, they did, so beautifully. As the sun disappeared over the hills, we wrapped our kids in blankets, pulled out mugs of coffee, and basked in a perfect summer night. It's true, our little ones treated the symphony as their personal lullaby, waking only for cookies at intermission. But our older kids, cozy with their heads on our shoulders, appreciated the entire show, and maybe even their piano lessons.
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Outdoor Concert Under The Stars
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Time Allotment: 2 hours
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