Well over 50 young musicians turned out to sing and play for the huge crowd gathered, which included families, friends and workers at the surrounding stores, which practically stopped to see the concert.
|Sunshine Singers performing - look at that crowd!|
A different kind of magic happens when the older children play, and this was no exception. After seeing performances by tiny children, just beginning their musical journey, the experience of hearing the Intermediate and Advanced ensembles was breathtaking. As the music became more and more skillful, smiles and adoring faces changed to expressions of surprise and disbelief.
|Simon Brown leading the Intermediate Ensemble|
|The beginning of a Berkshire County Youth Orchestra|
After the performance, families of the 30 or so preschool performers were inspired. Many of them found the Berkshire Children and Families' booth; others went to the preschool teachers. The question was, unanimously: "How do we sign up?"
|Children at the Berkshire Children and Families booth|
|Simon Brown showing preschooler Addison around on the cello|
|Children got to craft their own suns at the Berkshire Children and Families booth!|
|A young girl tries out the guitar while second grader Natalie Mendez plays her flute|