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A 9-year-old non-verbal boy exclaimed 'Wow' at Boston symphony. Now he’s the star of a kids’ book

Posted on AllSides May 20th, 2024
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When 9-year-old Ronan Mattin exclaimed “wow” at a Handel and Haydn Society performance of Mozart’s Funeral Music at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 2019, his grandfather Stephen was initially worried his grandson, who is largely non-verbal and has autism, had disrupted the performance. But the reactions from the audience, the musicians and from the Handel and Haydn president David Snead were nothing but love. Because the concert was recorded for broadcast on WCRB radio, the ‘wow’ went viral. Poet and author Todd Boss was among those who heard it, and he...

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