The 7th Annual Piano Concert of Yonsei Academy raised a total of $1,234 for Chuuk, which early last month saw Typhoon Maysak rip through the island and displace more than 5,000 people.
School instructor Youngmi Han personally delivered the money raised to press secretary Ivan Blanco, who grew up in Chuuk.
Yonsei Academy said the money raised for the concert will primarily benefit the children of the island. It is also planning to send packages of rice by ship to Chuuk in June. Han said rice is most needed to those who have lost their homes.
The 7th Annual Piano Concert was held last May 2 at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe.
The event was divided into two sections: 1st-6th grade beginning at 5pm and 7th-12th grade beginning 7pm.
In the second section of the concert, the performers were medalist from the Guam Tumon Bay Music Festival and Guam Symphony Young Artist, piano battle, piano duet, CHC music service group “Rapah,” and the Saipan Junior Choir.
Starting from the beginner’s level to advanced level piece Warsaw Concerto, played by Cloency Chua, it was very emotional and a well-orchestrated performance, according to Han.
The event also saw the debut of the Saipan Junior Choir. The group, which started rehearsing in October, sang the Korean folk song Spring in My Hometown and John Rutter’s The Lord Bless you and Keep you, and Les Champs Elysees.
“It was a very memorable concert as I saw the happiest smiles on students’ faces. Learning has no age bar. I believe that their goals will be fulfilled when they work hard and keep going forward to their dreams,” said Han.
Serving as masters of ceremony during the 7th Annual Piano Concert were You Na Lee and Seunguk Chi. (PR)