Homeschooling with James Bond


Field trips are my favorite part of homeschooling.  We have traveled across New York State, visited all the East coast big cities, and have even incorporated excellent learning opportunities while vacationing at both DisneyWorld and Universal Studios.  Our most recent adventure was a night out at the historic Kodak Theatre to experience Classic Bond by the Rochester Symphony with guest conductor Carl Davis (no relation) and vocalist Mary Carewe.  The evening, in celebration of the fifty year anniversary of the James Bond franchise, highlighted the theme songs from all the Bond movies.  As you can see from the smiles, despite being in the very last row of the balcony, we were stoked.

mom and dad

smiling boysI am a sucker for live music, and I goosebumped at the opening, and loved the entire evening.  And, even though I’ve only seen a handful of Bond movies, I recognized almost every song. Here’s a list of all the theme songs.

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The conductor was super, and it was obvious he was thrilled to be there.  Mary Carewe nailed all the songs with her diverse vocal range.

The Kodak Theatre has great acoustics (even in the nosebleed section), and it is elegant.  My pics hardly capture the beauty of the elaborate fixtures, but here’s a few I took.



I have to give my boys credit, they almost made it through an evening at the symphony.  However, here they are at intermission:

really? bored

Yes they enjoyed it, but they would have preferred the abridged version with an encore by Manafest.


If you haven’t fit any symphony field trips into your homeschool schedule,  I highly encourage it.  You bet we’ll go again. Next time we’ll scoot out at intermission.




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