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Umi Garrett Shows How Classical Performance Can be for All Ages

9 year-old pianist and From the Top alum Umi Garrett joined the Desert Symphony on their Children’s Music Discovery Series to perform a Mozart Concerto.


What: Umi performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA for an audience of over 1,000 children! Umi wanted her young audience to see that classical music is for every age, and that they too can perform with an orchestra if they work hard and believe in themselves.

When: April 16, 2010

How: Umi won the Desert Symphony’s 2010 scholarship and was given the opportunity to perform a concerto with the orchestra for their children’s series. Umi’s mother coordinated the project with the ensemble’s music director, Marilyn Benachowski. Transportation for the children was funded by the orchestra’s campaign “Bucks for Buses”

Umi says, “Maybe some kids had never been to a concert before and they learned the concert hall was really big. Or some kids who thought that classical music was really boring before discovered that classic music is actually really COOL. I think the kids really liked that a kid their age was a part of the concert."

"Music is a “present” for the audience, like a birthday card. If you give someone a birthday card they will like it. So if I perform music, they will like it too, just like a birthday card."

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