Second annual collaboration with the Midwest Young Artists (MYA).
2013 participants included the Young Scholars Jess Larsen, Kate Xintong Lee, Charlie Liu, Jonathan Jun Yang, Derek Wang, and a guest participant, William Chen. Together with the MYA orchestra, under the direction of conductor and Artistic Director, Dr. Allan Dennis, they performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in c-minor, Op. 37 and Piano Concerto No. 20 in d-minor, K. 466 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park as part of the The Grant Park Summer Classical Concert Series.
The Summer Music Summit is not only an experience in music education, but also allows students to build friendships. One of the Young Scholars, Jess Larsen, was excited to see the friends he had made in the previous year’s summit, and had an unfortunate accident while running to greet them. Jess tripped, fell and injured his left hand, preventing him from performing the assigned second movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto. Another Scholar, Charlie, stepped in and proposed that he would play the left hand’s part so that they could perform the movement together. Jess and Charlie practiced all week to get their hands in-sync and in the end, Jess, who worked diligently all summer to prepare for the concert, got to perform with the help of a colleague.