Tonight we went to a local symphony orchestra's "pops" concert. I don't know the exact definition of "pops" but it seems like orchestra light: music from a Broadway musical, some Sousa marches, stuff like that. Not my favorite music, but OK. We went because our church had a small group going.
The auditorium was a sea of gray - hair, that is. There was a small handful of children, maybe 1 or 2 teens/young adults, some middle-agers, and the rest, senior citizens. The orchestra itself, a small-town outfit, was not quite as gray, but close.
Of course it is Friday night and young people have better things to do. But I wondered...
Who is going to be playing this music in 10 years? Who will be listening to it?
Personally, I don't care if the music from Les Miz disappears. But John Philip Sousa?
My girl says she will do it. She loved the evening - was watching wide-eyed the whole time. I loved the look on her face when, as part of a medley, they played one of the songs she's learning on piano.
But she can't do it alone.
Do your kids listen to music other than what's currently popular for their age group? Do you take them to performances?