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Symphony on Ice

December 5, 2007 - Betsy Bethel
The symphony. The singers. The ice skaters. The pretty lights. What a wonderful evening of sights and sounds provided by the Wheeling Symphony and sponsors of Symphony on Ice XI!

Our daughter had never witnessed live action ice skating until last night, and she loved it! She literally oohed and aahed as they glided and twirled, and she even gave a little involuntary jump when she saw the first skater make a little leap. When the magnificent Olympic ice dancing pair of Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon performed their lifts and jumps, she squealed with delight.

I especially enjoyed the Snow Waltz number from the Nutcracker. The choreography and six young women who performed on the ice were mesmerizing. I also enjoyed the non-skating number that closed the first half of the program, "Bugler's Holiday." We left at intermission -- Emma having reached her maximum sensory input level and also her bedtime -- and I found myself whistling this trumpet trio number all the way home.

It is never easy taking a toddler to an event such as this one, but it is always worth it. I got an upper body workout as I held her on my lap, which was the only safe place for her as she marched and danced and bounced and clapped. An hour was the perfect amount of show time for her, but I was sorry to have missed the second half!

Congratulations to all the choir members, symphony musicians and skaters on another memorable Symphony on Ice performance.


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