How do you know when your child is old enough to go to the symphony?
Many organizations print an age minimum on tickets, which is more of a guideline than a strictly enforced rule, said Crystal Young-Otterstrom, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera audience-development consultant. Most important is the parent's realistic assessment of the individual child's attention span. Here are some pointers for parents.
Listen to the piece beforehand and see how the child responds. If you don't want to splurge on the CD or iTunes, there's always the public library. Jon Kahananui, a violinist and violist who mentors musicians in the Utah Youth Symphony organization, said it's a good idea for adults to familiarize themselves with the music before going to a concert, too.