I entered a contest at Beltway Bargain Mom earlier this week and won tickets to see Christmas in Black & White, presented by The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. Four silent Christmas movies, all in black & white and over 100 years old, were shown in the Angelika Film Center in Fairfax's Mosaic District. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra played during the movies and, in between each movie, members of The National Broadway Chorus sang Christmas carols. Three of the films were created by Thomas Edison!
There were couples, groups of adults and families in the audience. However, the conductor, Luke S. Frazier, mainly spoke to the children throughout the performance. He really engaged B and the other children during his introduction as well as while describing each movie and its individual musical arrangement.
Mr. Frazier told the children that during one movie, A Winter Straw Ride, they were to have a snowball fight in the theater when they saw one start on the screen. It was cute to see the children form imaginary snowballs and throw them at their siblings, parents or a complete stranger a few rows back! B would bend over to the floor, "gather" snow into a ball, peek over the back of his seat and spy his target. Then at the right moment, he popped up, threw his imaginary ball while whispering, "Wah-BAP!" and then duck back down quickly to avoid being hit with one himself. LOL
B's favorite movie was The Adventure of the Wrong Santa Claus; he laughed and laughed during that one and the loved that the hero saved the day. Even though these films had simple plots, were short and contained no dialog, the children knew what was going on. They cringed, laughed and cheered, all at the appropriate moments.
Not only was B exposed to a movie genre he'd never seen before, we had a clear view of every member of the orchestra. B and I were both impressed with one woman who made up the entire percussion section by herself! The instruments she played that B and I could actually identify were multiple drums, triangle, xylophone, tambourine, chimes, sleigh bells and either a woodblock or a guiro. However all the musicians were close and B could see their instruments, how they worked and pick each one out as they played.
I was surprised how easy it was to get in and out of the Mosaic District during rush hour traffic. Parking was easy and plentiful and we grabbed dinner and browsed through Target before the performance started. We kept saying that we can't wait to go back and show the hubs what a great center it is.
B and I had a great dinner-and-a-show date last night and I'm so glad we won the tickets!
- I am a very lucky woman with a husband and son who are smart, witty and entertaining. Our son, B, attended public school for two years, and then we embarked on a new adventure in the Fall of 2010 - homeschooling. We don't have all the answers, but we know B and this has been the best thing for him. I blog to preserve our stories and our memories, share recipes, vent and ramble on about our crazy, yet blessed, life. Would you care to follow along?