Things you learn when you take a six-year-old to the symphony:
#1. The two buttons on the backside of the conductor’s tuxedo with tails make his whole rear end area look like a face. Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s podium has a horizontal bar midway across the back, which was installed to keep a very enthusiastic conductor from falling backwards. That gives the face a muppet-like mouth. (Once you see this, you can’t un-see it.)
#2. Ushers and audience members tend to treat a child like a star just for showing up to see classical music. It’s quite sweet, actually.
#3. No matter how wide the grin on the face while hearing part of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” while saying “We know this one, don’t we, mom?” or the level happiness during the the overture to Also sprach Zarathustra or even the enthusiasm in trying to find the man using the surprising whistle during the local composer’s world premiere symphony. The sweetest and most accommodating kid will expire 10 minutes before the concert does.