An Afternoon of Chamber and Solo Pieces
Showcasing San Diego’s Young Musical Talents
San Diego has a musical constellation of young stars-in-the-making and more than a dozen of them shared their talents with the community at the Point Loma / Hervey Branch Library on Sunday June 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. when FanFaire Foundation showcases their talents in “Twinkle, Little Stars“, an afternoon of chamber and solo pieces that included works by Bach, Telemann, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Grieg, Debussy, Prokofiev, and Slonimsky.
Below are some of the compliments the audience gave the young stars-in-the-making:
“All are so wonderful! It is amazing how at such young ages they have accomplished so much – indeed a tribute to the students and their parents and teachers!
- M. M. Lytle
Very, very talented musicians–what a treat–wonderful way to spend an afternoon!! I personally thank all the musicians and people who make this music possible.
- S. C. Palmer
Very talented kids.
- D. Hom
I liked “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
- Nicholas (2nd grader)
I loved how there was a very wide variety of ages and also the performances.”
- I. Tran
- S. Marquez
Amazing talent! Thanks so much.”
- M. Kahn
Ranging in age from eight to seventeen, the young artists are among San Diego’s best and brightest musical talents, many of them having won top prizes in both local and international competitions.* Some have also been rewarded with opportunities to perform in concert with the San Diego Symphony and Russia’s Kostroma Symphony Orchestra, and in recital at Carnegie Hall with other young competition winners from all over the world. Quite a few play multiple instruments and have performed with or are members of San Diego’s youth orchestras.
The “Little Stars” of this concert included pianists Elias Butterfield, Michael Chen, Danli Liang, Adrian Liu, Alexis Ng, Ian Tran, Ivy Tran, Clara Truong; French horn player Christine Chen; and violinists Kalvin Hibi, Amanda Lipski, Marisa Nienberg, Ryan Park, Haley Schricker, and Jasmine Wang. Many of them are active members of FanFaire Foundation’s “KIDS Playing For KIDS” program, having been presented by the organization at many other events as excellent role models for their peers.
These gifted youngsters have exhibited talents beyond the musical; typically A-students, most all of them also excel in science and mathematics—accomplishments quite in sync with FanFaire Foundation’s mission to nurture through music and science appreciation programs the kind of creativity much needed in today’s science-based economy. This mission is based on the documented link between knowledge of music and academic achievement, particularly in science and mathematics as best exemplified by the famous physicist Albert Einstein who was, throughout his life, also an amateur violinist and humanitarian. It is worth noting that in addition to performing at musical events, some of these rising stars share their passion for music and science with the community by regularly tutoring young children and by volunteering and playing for patients at hospitals. Young role models extraordinaire, indeed!
The event was part of FanFaire Foundation’s Free Family Concert Series presented in partnership with Point Loma / Hervey Branch Library and Point Loma Credit Union.
* A PARTIAL LIST OF COMPETITIONS:
The various competitions of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC)
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
San Diego Symphony Young Artist Competition
American Fine Art Festival (AFAF)
International Concerto Competition
Los Angeles International Bicentennial Liszt Piano Competition
International Young Musicians Festival’s Passion of Music Competition (sponsored by the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented) American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition