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The kids are alright

We interviewed some of our youngest audience members at our Family Day Pocket Concert. Here's what they had to say:

As I was writing this article, I was reminded of the time I spent busking in Old Montréal. I used to play on the street with a string quartet, or sometime just me and my friend Andrea, who plays the cello. And you know something? The kids ALWAYS stopped to listen. If they got distracted and left, it was because their parents started hurrying them along. Often they would have to be dragged away, looking back over their shoulders and asking for a coin to drop in my violin case.

On Monday Feb. 20th, we hosted a special Family Day Pocket Concert, and gave free tickets to everyone under 19. Of the 35 people in the audience, 18 of them were under the age of 16, and I would guess that the average age of the children was about 9. We decided to take a risk and play the same programme that we were playing in two other concerts: J.S. Bach's lengthy and challenging Goldberg Variations, arranged for String Trio by Dimitry Sitkovetsky. We've done a few concerts for children in the past, but this was the first time we've performed such a long piece without a break.