Thank you for all of your comments and suggestions over the past few weeks. We have received many messages on both sides of the issue of the deportment of children at our concerts, and we value them all.
Many parents who have been coming to our summer programs objected to the fashion in which the issue of screaming children was “broached” at our first concert. Most of our band members agree that it was not the most politic way to address the question. They also feel that the issue did need to be addressed. The players in the band work too hard on the programs to have them seen as “throwaway” presentations, or just “background noise”.
On the other side of the question are the people who come to the programs to listen to the music and chat quietly with their friends and neighbors. They have commented that the screaming children are a great distraction to their enjoyment of our music, and many have been driven away because of them. After tonight’s presentation (7/31/11) a neighbor told the director how much she enjoyed the program, and the fact that she could actually hear the music made it that much more enjoyable.
Please feel free to bring your children to our concerts. They are always welcome and free to run around as much as they like, but remember that the band spends six months preparing for these concerts and would like to have the respect of our audiences. Most of our listeners would like to hear what we present without undue noise.