The wonderful University Musical Society (UMS) people, walkie-talkies in hand, meet us as we step off our yellow school bus outside Hill Auditorium on a beautifully crisp Friday morning. We feel like honored VIPs as they lead our four busloads of elementary students, teachers, and parent chaperones in through the side door, down and around a long and winding handicapped ramp, and onto the main floor of the auditorium. I do not know how they do it, 3500 children from busses to seats in twenty minutes flat.
I gasp as I spy our usher’s seating chart. Across the very front section of the auditorium, in four big letters, is written the name of our school. They are giving us the whole front section, the orchestra section, on the main floor. As we snake into our seats, row by row, grade by grade, I feel like I have won at musical chairs to finally take my seat in the very center of the sixth row, and next to a very handsome (six year old) boy.
I could never afford such good seats for my family.
These UMS youth performances offer amazing access. Plus no one will shush us. (click on link for more)
Viva! Hallelujah! Access to the Arts bringing cultures in and Culture out - AnnArbor.com