In a few short weeks, 26 of our students will be traveling to Chicago to perform as guests in the 33rd annual spring concert of the Betty Haag Academy at Orchestra Hall, home of the Chicago Symphony.
The concert is at 1:00pm on Sunday, April 27, 2008. In a remarkable performance that is a violin tour de force and represents the lifelong legacy of Mrs. Betty Haag-Kuhnke, the concert features two hours of violin repertoire, ranging from “See Saw”, the first piece each child learns as a toddler, to Paganini’s “Perpetual Motion” and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, performed by the high school seniors graduating from the program. All of the music is performed by an ensemble of violins, with all age groups performing together. Their teamwork and dedication are showcased in the precision and artistry of their playing. The final piece on the program features approximately 300 violinists, ranging in age from 3 through 17, playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
Dr. Chu has performed in thirteen Orchestra Hall concerts while she was a student, and this will be the fourth time her own students will perform as guests of Mrs. Betty Haag-Kuhnke. It is an honor and privilege for all of us to witness and to be a part of this truly amazing legacy.
Here is our group photo from last year:
And a photo of all three hundred violinists on the concert stage:
We are all hoping that American Airlines’ round of inspections has quieted down by then…wish us luck!