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Heimerman: Spirited set from Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Oh, Halloween, a time when urban legends come to the fore. Which are legit? Which are embellished, if not altogether bogus?

Not knowing for certain is half the fun, isn’t it?

Let me take a moment to clear up any uncertainty on a couple of subjects.

First, I’d heard the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra was quite good.

As a guy who once studied music education, my interest was piqued. Throw in the facts that Monday night’s Halloween concerts were free, and it would be my 4-year-old girls’ first concert, and it was a no-brainer to find out how good the orchestra is.

Turns out, it’s completely legit. Maybe it was the fact that it was the first orchestral performance I’ve heard in years, but I was quite impressed.

The theme to “Halloween” was as haunting as I could have imagined. The numbers from “Frozen” and “Jurassic Park” were flat-out majestic.

Orchestra awesome? Check.

Next myth: Twins eerily have the same personality. Lots of folks actually think this is the case.

As I might have expected, my daughter Elise loved the concert. She cheered after every number and sang along with the “Frozen” tunes, of course.

Anna, a bit more prone to shyness, peeked around daddy’s shoulder as each section of musicians, dressed in costumes for the occasion, make their way down the aisles as they were introduced. Whenever a musician neared our seats, however, she cowered and buried her head in daddy’s chest.

Throughout the concert, she insisted she didn’t like any of it. Afterward, though, she said she had fun. The jury’s still out for Anna, it seems.

Twins, even fraternal, share personalities? Debunked, to a certain extent. That isolated event is a small sample size.

Over the years, I’ll share more notes, but I can attest to the fact that my girls are quite different.

I do hope that they love music. As long as it isn’t in public, Anna seems to. They sing constantly, their favorite venue seemingly the car during long trips.

I hope they love music because it plays a very important role in my life.

Sure, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like music, but it makes up a lot of the fibers of my being.

I was hooked early, taking piano lessons as a child. A sports fanatic who realized at a young age that he wasn’t blessed with very athletic genes, I found solace in music, whether it be in choirs, theater or on my own time.

It helped me express myself. It gave me something I could always be proud of, always fall back on, in case I, say, botched a physics test or got denied when I asked a girl to homecoming.

So I’d like to take a moment to say kudos to everyone involved with putting on Monday night’s concert.

It’s important to expose youngsters to music, and not just pop.

The set choices did an excellent job of putting proverbial cheese on broccoli, with unmistakable themes from “Star Wars,” while also sneaking in “Funeral March of a Marionette,” the opening theme from Alfred Hitchcock productions, for us bigger kids.

If planting the seed of thought for a few of those little ones in attendance grows an appreciation of orchestral music, that’s reason to take a bow.

• Christopher Heimerman is news editor of the Daily Chronicle. Call him at 815-756-4841, ext. 2221, email him at, or follow him on Twitter @CHeimermanDDC.

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