We took Elliot to his first symphony tonight. It was family night, which meant (1) the symphony was only an hour long, and (2) there were more than a few children squirmin' about. Elliot did really well through the first few numbers:
1. Hoedown by Copeland
2. Entrance of the Queen of Sheba by Handel
3. Symphony No. 5, 1st Movement by Beethoven
4. Zapfenstreich March by Beethoven
5. Ode to Joy by Beethoven (if you could tell, the conductor, big Beethoven fan)
But then came Orpheus in The Underworld by Offenbach. Elliot, who gets a little hammy when he's tired, went absolutely ape. He was jumping around, clapping his hands, and repeatedly hooting "Woooooo! Woooooo! Woooooo!" (Only the elongation of the O vowel differentiated him from Arsenio Hall.) Needless to say, everyone within four rows was checking him out.
He calmed down during the Harry Potter Symphonic Suite and the Simpson's Theme. By the end, he was good and ready for bed -- as were we.