We have had many visitors and volunteers over the years and most have left us with something of themselves to help enrich the lives of our children. They have come from all parts of the World and speak many different languages. Most come to play games or to teach dance moves that are not familiar to our children. Others build playgrounds or help with construction projects. Some come to teach English, art, or crafts… but few come to share music. For that reason when a group from Music Sharing expressed an interest in coming, I was a bit skeptical. Classical music is not something the children have been exposed to and I was afraid that their group would not be received well. I was even more worried when Dara said he had invited the elementary school kids from the community.
Over 100 children were waiting for us when we drove into the Wat Opot compound… but all of my worries were needless. To my surprise, most of the children were well behaved and really seemed to enjoy the concert.
A second concert was performed a little later for the adults and high school students. It was a smaller group and so the musicians moved off of the stage so that they could interact on a more personal level.
The group stayed and ate their evening meal with us. Everything turned out much better than I had expected and as usual, it was difficult to say good-bye to them when the time came. We are very grateful for their visit and look forward to the possibility of them returning one day. Below is a sample of what you missed Melinda.
For more information about the group go to: http://www.musicsharing.jp/en/profile/index.html
Thanks for stopping in!