both. (Well, rafting anyway.)
But, clearly, when classical music is presented to young children, the task must be done in ways that allow them to access its pleasures — without watering it down so that they don't feel its power.
Enter the Ann Arbor Symphony and Mozart. Ever since Arie Lipsky picked up the AASO's baton, he's focused more energy into the symphony's offerings for young people. The family program at the Michigan Theater on Sunday, January 22, may be its most ambitious effort to date. Lipsky and the orchestra have commissioned local playwright Jeff Duncan, long known for his children's plays for Wild Swan Theater, to create a story to accompany the music of Mozart.