The guest artist was a 13 year old viola player. She was a winner at the music festival and her prize was a debut at this concert. Her name is Katriana Philipenko. Of course it was. There was no way her name would be Molly Green. :)
At intermission, there was an instrument petting zoo. Athena was the first to try the instruments. We got to the show early and she did this before hand. Turns out she is good at trombone and trumpet and needs a little work on flute. And this germophobe mother wouldn't let her try instruments with reeds. :)
After Intermission a the Orchestra moved down to the floor and dancers took the stage to act out Sleeping Beauty. It had Puss in Boots in it and a little girl danced a solo. I am sure she was not more than 6 years old. The music became a little sinister and Athena couldn't help but yell out "Bad Kitty!" Many parents turned around and smiled at her. She really has a good ear for music!
She loved it. I loved it. Even Paul loved it. He must be getting used to it as if Athena picks the music for dinner it is almost always Josh Groban or Mozart.
And to quote Athena again, she says,
"I love classical music because the words don't get in the way."