America's oldest performing arts group is looking for a child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert. The Handel & Haydn Society had just finished its rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall on Sunday when a youngster blurted out loudly: "WOW!" Boston classical music station WCRB-FM captured the exuberance on audio, per the AP. The crowd can be heard bursting first into laughter before a rousing round of applause. Listen for yourself here. "That actually brought me to tears," says Mary Jane Leach, a composer and performer in Valley Falls, New York.
Now the organization founded in 1815 has mounted a search for the kid it's calling the "Wow Child"—not to reprimand him or her, but to offer a chance to meet the conductor and hear the orchestra again as a guest of honor. "It was one of the most wonderful moments I've experienced in the concert hall," Handel & Haydn president and CEO David Snead wrote in a letter to concertgoers asking them to share the child's name. The orchestra hopes the appreciation from its "young new fan" erases any notions that classical music is stuffy and aloof.
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