In January, one of my homeschooling friends and I are taking 6 jr. high and high school kids from our homeschool group to see The Magic Flute at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago. Three years ago we took a group to see The Barber of Seville and had a great time, so we are really looking forward to this field trip.
In order to help our kids get more out of the opera experience, she and I took part in the teacher workshop that Lyric conducts every year for those teachers who are taking kids to the student matinees. It’s a treat to get away for part of a day and get taught some new things that we can pass on to the kids. We learned a little about Mozart, but also Emanuel Schikaneder – whom I’ve never heard of before today. But he is the man who wrote the story, while Mozart wrote the music. We learned about some of the comedy that is in the story and the music, if you know what to listen for. Learning a little more about the history of the period during which it was written brings light to things that we might overlook, especially from a 21st century perspective. Though I enjoy classical music, I just listen to it and don’t know much about the technical aspects of it and how it’s used to tell the story, so some of that was explained as they played excerpts for us.
The morning went very quickly and was enjoyable. We’ve gotten some good ideas for what to do with the kids and will have probably 2 workshops with them before we go. It’ll be great fun!