Friends, the kids, DH and I went to the UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony performance on 10.28. I thought the performance was amazing – the pairing of the music with the planet images. I popped out of my seat as soon as the last note was played. Afterwards as we drove around trying to find a place open late enough to get dinner (yes, we are *those* parents), DH described some of the things wrong with the performance. And he played the music by somebodyawesomeeuropeanprofessionalsymphony. And I saw his point. The evening was fun, the college kids did a fine job, but the music played professionally was miles apart. And then I saw Balanchine done poorly a week later and got frustrated and mad with the wild applause… and I really saw his point. More on that later.
Here is DH and the kids – in their fancy clothes. And I didn’t teach the kids how to not smile – Maybe once their braces come off. I smile *with* my giant, gappy teeth.
And the Kauffman Center couldn’t be more beautiful. Even if visitors ask me if it was meant to look like the Sydney Opera House. Sigh.