A Family Affair: Enjoying the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra

Cari Sundermeir, Jonathan Seitz and their daughters anticipate the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concert

The Sundermeir-Seitz Family, left to right: Anna (6), Cari, Jonathan, and Clara (4)

Anna (6 years old) and Clara (4 years old) Seitz are very excited about the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concert this Sunday December 6 at 3pm.

Not only will the girls hear sleigh bells during Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, but they can’t wait to hear music from one of their favorite movies Frozen! They’ll also enjoy several selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and they’ll get the chance to look up to the music students from the renowned Upper Darby High School Concert Choir who will perform along with the orchestra. Not to mention, they’ll have fun seeing their mom, Cari Sundermeir play the viola during the concert. All this, indeed, is very exciting for two young girls who have been introduced to classical music very early in their lives.

Cari Sundermeir has been playing the viola with the LSO since 2007. Cari’s parents were both music teachers and music was always an important part of her life. She began playing the viola at age 12.

While she didn’t continue on as a professional, the talented musician wanted to continue fine tuning her skills and collaborating with other musicians. The LSO provides the ideal opportunity to do just that. “When we moved to the area in 2006, I went to several area community orchestra performances and was very impressed with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra. This orchestra has wonderful talent, but also a fun and supportive spirit.”


“Music, especially classical music, is important and exciting to us, and we want it to be so to our children as well.”

Since music has been a keynote in Cari’s life it makes sense that she shares her love of music with her family. Bringing the girls to the LSO concerts has been a great way to introduce them to music. “Music, especially classical music, is important and exciting to us, and we want it to be so to our children as well,” added Cari.

Cari and husband Jonathan Seitz started bringing the girls regularly to the LSO concerts about two years ago when Clara was just 2 years old. “The first few times, they would only last through intermission,” said Jonathan. “But now they can make it through the whole concert if they have some crayons and paper to keep their hands occupied as well as their ears. They like to see the instruments — we try to sit not too far away — but most of all they like to see their Mom performing.”

We asked Jonathan what his girls take away from the concert experience. “Coming to see the concerts lets them see how music is made: it doesn’t just come out of a digital device! They also see how their mother’s hard work practicing at home pays off when she joins in with her fellow musicians to create something wonderful. They enjoy the music, they enjoy the experience of being in the big hall with the audience, and they enjoy clapping for their Mom on stage.”

“Lots of things to spark imagination and an interest in trying out an instrument some day!”

When we asked Cari why other families should introduce their children to classical music, Cari told us, “Children are so curious about instruments and all types of music. They don’t have many opportunities to see live classical music. The LSO performs in an accommodating space where it is easy to see the whole stage of musicians, the programming has lots of variety, especially the Holiday Concert this Sunday — violin solo, pieces for brass ensemble, choral works, percussion. Lots of things to spark imagination and an interest in trying out an instrument some day!”

Not only does the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra provide a wonderful and enlightening family experience but the hard-working orchestra members provide a gift that is enjoyed by the community at large. “This orchestra is full of talented members from the community who bring creativity and dedication to the orchestra and music to their neighbors,” added Jonathan.

More about the LSO Holiday Concert this Sunday, December 6 at 3pm:

Tickets available at www.udpac.org, or by calling 610.622.1189, or at the Box Office one hour prior to performance.

$18 Adults
$15 Senior Citizens
$5 Students under 25
UDPAC members save $2 – To become a member: www.udpac.org/members


Georg Friderich Handel (1685-1759), Sinfonia from The Messiah (1741)

Ludwig Bonvin (1850-1939), Christmas Night’s Dream, for String Orchestra, Op. 10

Trad. French, Ding Dong Merrily on High (arr. Kevin Rosenberry)

Mykola Leontovych (1877-1921), Bell Carol (arr. Scott Force)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), The Lark Ascending

– Herold Klein, violin

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-93), Suite No. 1 from The Nutcracker (1892, Op. 71a)

Danses Caractéristiques

– Marche (March)

– Danse de la Fée-Dragée (Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy)

– Danse russe Trépak (Russian Dance: Trepak)

– Danse Arabe (Arabian Dance)

– Danse Chinoise (Chinese Dance)

– Danse des Mirlitons (Dance of the Reed Pipes)

Waltz of the Flowers

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakoff (1844-1908): Polonaise from Christmas Eve (1895)

Kristen Anderson-Lopez (b. 1973) & Robert Lopez (b. 1975) Music from Frozen, arr. Bob Krogstad (1951-2015)

Leroy Anderson (1908-75), Sleigh Ride

Bernard de La Monnoye (1641-1728), Pat-A-Pan, arr. David Conte (b.1955)

– Upper Darby High School Encore Singers, Barbara Benglian, Director

Trad. Spiritual, Soon I Will Be Done – arr. Stacey V. Gibbs (b. 1962)

– Upper Darby High School Concert Choir, Barbara Benglian, Director

John Henry Hopkins (1820-91), Three Kings of Orient, arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)

Adolphe Adam (1803-56), O Holy Night, arr. John Rutter

John Rutter, Star Carol

Georg Friderich Handel, Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah, Part II

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