Symphony & Opera in the Park

Have you always wanted to take your child to the opera or symphony, but you weren’t sure which concert to choose, or the tickets were a little too much for your budget? Well, look no further. The Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria are offering two free full orchestral concerts on August 4 and August 5.

These special concerts are called “Symphony and Opera” and it will be performed at the Cameron Bandshell in beautiful Beacon Hill Park. Cameron Bandshell, also known as The Stage in the Park, is located in the middle of the park, off Arbutus Bridge Way. Since it is an outdoor event it’s best to bring folding lawn chairs or a blanket for your family to share. There are also outdoor benches at the Bandshell. Another good idea is to pack a food hamper or small cooler with water and snacks.

The symphony will be playing a variety of orchestral and opera pieces. On the program is Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Vaughan-Williams Sea Songs, Bernstein’s West Side Story, John Williams’ Flight to Neverland and much more.

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Listening to the symphony and hearing opera singers is a wonderful way to spend time with your family, especially when it is presented in an outdoor venue in the park. As parents, we should encourage our children to listen to all forms of music including symphonic and operatic music. Research suggests that classical music can have numerous positive effects for children, including memory development, creativity and self-expression.

Listening to a selection of symphonic and operatic music before attending the concert is a good idea. This will give your child an idea of what instrument and vocal sounds to expect at a concert. For operas, start with child-friendly plots and characters, such as The Magic Flute by Mozart. This opera features enchantments and silliness with some of the most memorable music of all time. Or listen to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. It is a fun opera that features Figaro, the barber who charmingly masterminds a successful ending for two lovers. The opera is full of funny scenes and music that you will never forget.

As well, an excellent book to read before attending the concert is Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes. It is a lively book that explains the orchestra sections with colorful illustrations. Another informative book is Zin!Zin!Zin a Violin by Lloyd Moss. It is written in rhythmic verse with bright detailed artwork of the various instruments.

By taking the time to explore music and attending the Symphony and Opera concert you will be expanding your child’s music appreciation and creating memories for your whole family.

Opera can be a great way to introduce kids to music and storytelling. Here are a few ideas to make it fun for them:

Use visual aids. Watch videos of operas online and show your kids the sets, costumes, and singers. You could also use picture books to help them understand the story.

Attend an opera together. Many opera companies offer family-friendly performances, with shorter running times and interactive elements.

Jerri Carson
Jerri Carson
Jerri Carson is a retired music teacher. She now spends her time playing the piano and cello.