B9 turned 10 this week, making him, of course B10. As it was a Saturday he was the first one up, it is the only day we can sleep in so we do. But once everyone dragged themselves out of bed he was able to open his presents and eat egg and bacon muffins that Andrew made.
He left no doubt in our minds about what he wanted for his birthday. Both boys across the road have one of these and they have kindly shared for the last month and a half. The three of them have even rehearsed a show together, but it requires them all to have one of these items. And now B10 has one. He also has a magic set complete with instructional dvd, some new techdeck and some clever white board sheets that stick anywhere. He and his buddy across the road had a happy Saturday with the pogos and the mini skateboards before hamburgers and Karate Kid, the new version. We watched the old version a while back so the kids would get some of the connection jokes. Well, it turns out that they didn’t really change much in the remake, but as it was set in Beijing it was fun to watch and remember places we had been in 2008.
The celebrating isn’t over yet; we have a party still to come next Saturday.
At the end of September Stellae Boreales played their first concert of the season. It is unusual for them to perform before late October as rehearsals officially start the second week of September. The performance was a paid gig, the fee going toward the tour planned for next July. In order to be “concert ready” those who were available rehearsed during the summer. L16 was one of the facilitators of these rehearsals (along with one of the graduating members who helped lead the rehearsals before leaving for Princeton to begin undergraduate studies there).
In order to provide an hour of music there were a couple of soloists plus a duet by L16 and A14. The audience were members of the CAPD, who were enjoying cocktails in the balcony while Stellae Boreales played in the ballroom below. The summer rehearsals certainly paid off, the performance was an excellent kick off to the season for the group which now numbers 30 members.
Afterwards L16 and I went on to the National Arts Centre to enjoy one of the NACO‘s first concerts of the season. L16’s new teacher, who is the assistant concert-master of the NAC Orchestra, mentioned that Saturday night’s concert would be one not to miss and she was right. Pinchas Zukerman played both Mozart’s “Haffner Serenade” part of which L16 has performed herself and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.3.