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Concert in the Park Glum, withdrawn from chatterings of peers and elders relaxed upon the lawn; inaccessible to all bland- ishments. The six-year old will not respond, her energy preoccupied with mystery of being young, staring sightlessly into herself. Stage lights, testing, oboe running small cadenzas, orchestra assembling, audience subsiding to a lesser hum. Father draws the child to embrace and share a time of listening. Peeks outside herself, intrigued by plucked strings, bright riffs of flutes, tubas rumbling down a scale. Quiet. Conductor’s baton taps sharply to ready all. Music takes command. As though she were somnambulist, entranced by magic sounds, in transfixed attention she walks to the stage, drawn by solo clarinet, discovering.
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