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Symphony on Ice

December 10, 2008 - Betsy Bethel
Emma soooo enjoyed the Symphony on Ice last night at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. This is her second year attending, but last year she was too young to really get into it.

This year, she clapped enthusiastically for the skaters and the musicians. She reacted with a sharp intake of breath and an O-shaped mouth when the symphony crescendoed at the end of a piece. She shouted "Whoa!" when Stanislav Timchenko performed his delightful "clumsy skater" routine.

After each performance, she asked "Is there another one coming, Mommy?" Yes, Emma. "What's this one called, Mommy?" One time I answered, the Arabian Nights from the "Nutcracker" (it's actually the Arabian Dance -- I messed up.) At first, she was alarmed and said, "I don't like the nutcracker!" Yes, you do, I assured her. "No! I don't!" she started to whine. Then it hit me -- she is scared of the painted wooden nutrcracker soldiers we have at home, decorations she hasn't even seen since last year because we have yet to haul the boxes up from the basement. I reassured her quickly -- "Not the nutcrackers we have at home; this is a dance from a ballet!" She was OK with that. A minute or so into the performance, she asked: "Where's the knight, Mama?"

And so it went. For the Swan from "Carnival of the Animals," she asked where the swan was; during "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" she wanted to know where the angels were; and when the JMHS and Tyler choirs sang "The Little Drummer Boy," she wondered, "Where's the boy?"

I think the man next to me was amused.

Despite Emma's enjoyment, we left at intermission because I could tell things would get ugly if we stayed any longer (it's that mommy sixth sense that can sniff out a meltdown 10 minutes ahead).

As we discussed the performance at bedtime, I asked her what her favorite part was. "The orange one," she replied. I have no idea.

OK, so maybe she didn't COMPLETELY "get it" this year, either, but she still had a great time.

Thank you to the Wheeling Symphony, the choirs and all the skaters for another enjoyable show!


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