Sophia and I cannot believe that it is the beginning of November and that our holiday season is right around the corner! We were talking last night about how busy this October has been with the Opera Experience Southeast and several concerts, and of course now we need to prepare for the holiday programs. We love it! It has been such a fun fall, and most of all, the fun has been experiencing the enthusiasm we see in audience after audience of the youth in our area for all things classical. You know I always hear complaints about how the youth of today do nothing but waste time on social media and video games, but Sophia and I can tell you that our experiences are just the opposite. Students of Opera Experience Southeast, our own Trinity Academy Orchestra, and students of all ages seem to be more enthusiastic than ever about learning, playing and listening to the great composers. It gives us great hope for the future of our art. People ask me, how do you get a kid interested in such a challenging endeavor? I always look at teaching the classics like a game of checkers…if while they are playing you can change that board and those pieces out to the game of chess you will have them, and they will never look back! Classical music is like that; the intricacy of the patterns, the beauty of the tunes, and the challenge of the compositions yield an emotional satisfaction, that in my experience, youth always crave. Having a bad day at school? Try some Bach. Excited about the holidays coming up? A little Tchaikovsky! Well. You can see how much fun it all is. I challenge musicians everywhere to take the youth in your world seriously. Bring them to the classics, and their lives (and yours) will be better for it!