By Katharine Dunn Evans
There is no denying that it is harder to be a kid today than it was just 10 years ago. With funding being pulled for music and art programs in public schools, classes bigger than ever, bullying in social media, and violence on campus, it is a wonder that children are able to build some semblance of self-confidence and an interest in anything at all. Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom. People all around the nation see that there is a problem and have been working to create programs for kids in order to foster passion for the arts, music, education and sports.
A perfect example of this is with the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra. This fantastic organization creates a stimulating and age appropriate environment for musically talented children to build on their interest and develop their skills as musicians and performers. The participating children go through a year-long program that focuses on challenging and developing their potential in the art of performance. The goal is to “nurture their enjoyment of music as well as develop their musical skills and self-confidence.”
This group of kids works hard throughout the year with rehearsals, home practice, coaching sessions, retreats and concerts. Let’s put some emphasis on that last part: CONCERTS! These little artists love to perform and have actually played at several of the Junior League of Seattle events over the years. They generously donated their services and performed at our 90th anniversary celebration earlier this year and at several of our annual Premier Event galas. If you can get a chance to see them, you should take it.
There happens to be a very special performance coming up at Benaroya Hall that is one not to miss. They are playing excerpts from the Nutcracker along with the Olympic Ballet Theater. I cannot think of anything more precious and impressive. The details are below. This is the perfect way to start off the holiday season with your family and also support an amazing organization that is encouraging kids to build interests and grow to be true artists.
Excerpts from the Nutcracker with the Olympic Ballet Theatre
Concerto winner – Laura Sorensen, violin
November 15, 2014 2:00 p.m.
Purchase tickets online through
www.Benaroyahall.org (browse calendar) or call 206.215.4747