Each year Ravinia invites schools involved in the REACH*TEACH*PLAY program to perform at the festival. Thousands of students have graced our stages. This year a Ravinia's Director of Group Sales, Mindy Moore, got the thrill of watching her daughter make her Ravinia debut at the tender age of 11 year s old. Here they share their own perspectives of that concert.
When I walked into the Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia Festival and saw my daughte r, Montana, sitting up there in her black pants, school u niform top, and her combed hair, my heart went array. She saw me and gave me the hairspray finger wave and I knew we were connected. When the music began I began to cry with pride and joy. As a parent we work hard to do the r ight thing by our kids and this was a wonderful confirmation that all is well. She is growing up and has the confidence to sit on a professional st age and play the violin.
Seeing her everyday is a blessing and a gift, seeing her happy and flourishing is a selfish joy.
Hi, my name is Montana Moore I am 11 y ears old and I go to Edgewood Middle School. I play violin in my school orchestra. I played Pictures and Exabitions in the Bennet Gorden Hall with Edgewood, Elm Place, and Northwood. It was amazing for me to play on the stage at Ravinia Festival. It was probably one of the best experiences of my life. Just hearing all of the clapping made me happy because the clapping was for me all for me. I loved this event.