Letter to the editor: What you missed Friday night
April 7, 2009
Friday night, my wife asked me to accompany her to a piano performance. I’m a nice guy, so I said yes, but how good could it be? Wow! Melanie Kauffman, Executive Director of Arts For the Schools, a local nonprofit organization brings various artists to our local schools. She snagged a winner! We paid $15 each for a $100 show.
The next line comes directly from his website; but I couldn’t have said it better myself. “Alpin Hong’s combination of stunning technique, emotional range, and rare humor continues to bring audiences young and old to their feet.” We were on our feet a lot.
I challenge you to find a better argument for the support of Arts For the Schools as a nonprofit organization in Truckee and a better example of what talented artists can do to inspire our young people. It was evident from the beginning that Mr. Hong enjoys kids.
The fact that they sat through Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt and Gershwin spellbound speaks to his ability to reach out to youth. He took time to play a duet with one of our local talented student musicians. It must have left her with goose bumps. I sat spellbound by his rendition of these classics.
I left the Truckee High School auditorium last night wondering where would we be without programs like this. Without artist like this and without a school system that supports the artistic development of today’s youth, where would tomorrow’s wonders come from?
I also found myself wondering what impact his three days of interaction with students in classrooms had for tomorrow’s musical masters? Sports are important for the development of our youth. Education is certainly the keystone to the development of our youth.
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However, music and art are what provide our society with its soul and wonder. It is imperative that we support these programs if we wish to be able to sit in an auditorium in the future and listen to the likes of Mr. Hong.