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Over the weekend, I went to Holiday Pops with the San Antonio Symphony at the Tobin Center (earlier post) with my kids, G.N., my little girl who just turned five years old, and big brother F.T., who’s seven. Classical music is a holiday tradition for us. Earlier this season, we went to Ballet San Antonio‘s “The Nutcracker”; read more at “Our family tradition: Ballet San Antonio’s The Nutcracker”, Inga Cotton, Alamo City Moms Blog, November 20, 2014, and F.T. and G.N.’s review of Nutcracker.
For the Nutcracker review, F.T. got top billing; this time, G.N.’s name is first because she had more to say. Before the show, I had learned from Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto that this year’s program would feature an orchestral medley of songs from Frozen. G.N. was so excited to hear these songs that she chose to wear the Elsa dress that she got for her birthday.
The Frozen medley included “Frozen Heart,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” “In Summer,” “Let It Go,” and “For the First Time in Forever.” Concertmaster Eric Gratz played the “Forever” melody on violin in such a heartbreakingly wistful way that it almost brought me to tears. During the medley, G.N. was on the edge of her seat, intensely focused on the music. She was swept away by the familiar melodies, but intrigued by the power of the live orchestra. Continue reading