Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vivaldi On The Beach

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Living in Northeast Ohio, we are blessed with miles and miles of lakefront beaches.

So you guessed it. As I continue LoCo ABC's, my alphabetical tour of Lorain County, we're hitting one of my favorite beaches - Lakeview Park. But this time, I'm going sans child.

Gasp.

Yes, I said it. I do things without my child.

And no, I don't feel guilty about it.

I have taken Amara this summer to a friend's beach club on the east side.


But this past Sunday, I experienced the beach in a way that I haven't yet in NEO.

Lorain apparently hosts Music Under the Stars every year. Who knew? I have seen the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center several times in the past so I was unsure of what to expect at Lakeview Park.

This past weekend, the Credo Chamber Music ensemble performed.



Sure, it wasn't on the beach itself but just above lake level. But nonetheless, it was gorgeous. Dad2Amara and I spread out a blanket, had a little picnic, and took in the sounds of free music.

Yes, free.

I have an eclectic palette when it comes to music. So I can appreciate Bach on the beach.

Credo brings young string players from around the world to Lorain County to study at the Oberlin Conservatory. And I mean young. Some are only a few years older than Amara. But they're phenomenal. They've gotten rave reviews from Good Morning America. And how wrong can GMA be?

They performed "Spring" from Vivaldi's The Seasons and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart. And they played music by Kodaly. Credo really acknowledges its audience may not be as familiar with classical music so they perform the gamut. Yet I still got goosebumps.

Yes, we should all take advantage of the beach for the surf and sand. We do live off of Lake Erie.

But there are so many other programs being offered that go virtually untapped because people don't know about them. Since this was my first Music in the Park, I obviously am one of the oblivious.

So don't be like Mom2Amara. B is for beach. And life's a beach. Go out and enjoy it.

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