Is there a right way to take young children to classical concerts?

Posted on: August 14, 2017

In a letter to the editor published in Sunday’s (8/13) Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Ida Lieszkovszky writes, “A few weeks ago I took my almost 2-year-old son to a classical music concert, and I just might do it again. It was Apollo’s Fire performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and my son enjoyed it immensely…. The debate about the appropriateness of children at classical music concerts has created deep divides among both parents and music lovers…. Of course, adults also cough during classical music concerts. They text, and sometimes their cell phones go off…. Disruptions come from people of all ages…. We have rules around what kind of concert we would take my son to…. This particular concert was outdoors, at Cain Park.… The atmosphere was somewhere between Severance Hall and Progressive Field…. My son also understood very clearly that he has to be quiet during this event…. We intentionally bought seats at the very edge of the row closest to the exit…. At one point my son started to fidget, so we went outside … for a bit…. I didn’t take my son to a classical music concert to prevent anyone else from enjoying the show, I took him so that he could also enjoy the music.”

Posted August 14, 2017

Pictured: Jeannette Sorrell leads Apollo’s Fire in Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.