|Posted by Gabrielle "Gaby" Berbey on December 31, 2011 at 3:35 AM|
On December 16, 2011, Children In Need was invited to the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Leswing to perform for the Saint Mark’s Board of Trustees and the newly appointed headmaster of Saint Mark’s School, Mr. Joe Harvey. Four Saint Mark’s graduates namely, Toki Migimatsu, Matthew Spiegel, Tyler Leswing and Gaby Berbey joined by their special guest, RJ Pearce, represented the club for the evening. Gaby acknowledged the presence of another Saint Mark’s graduate and the founder of Children In Need, Caitlin Gowdy. The private concert began with Tyler Leswing playing the piano. Following Tyler was Matthew, who, despite the fact he hadn’t touched his saxophone for four months, played with immense musicality and poise. The sound of his saxophone filled every room in the house with its rich and grand sound. RJ Pearce then performed Chopin Nocturne in C Minor Op 48 No. 1 with such grace and smooth texture. The people in the audience couldn’t help smiling at his outstanding musicality throughout the piece. RJ and Gaby Berbey then performed the Brahms’ Sonatensatz. Its fast-paced, yet rich tone had the audience totally captivated. To further reach out to the audience, Toki Migimatsu performed Transcendental Etude No 10 in F Minor by Franz Liszt. His perfect balance of technicality and musicality left the audience stunned, and made him the star performer of the night. The concert was then concluded by Tyler Leswing playing one of his own compositions entitled Australia. Its sweet and relaxing theme was a perfect way to end the concert.
During the night, Gaby Berbey, raised awareness of the need to help the destitute Bay Area families and children by encouraging the guests to donate to Chronicle Season of Sharing. The group was able to raise $331 for this worthwhile cause.
This performance was a unique experience for all the performers, as it emphasized the importance of giving back to the immediate community. Performing for the Saint Mark’s board and the new headmaster, Joe Harvey, reminded the members not to forget about the school that helped them grow and flourish for nine years. The performance also helped the immediate community by funding bay area food banks and needy families, a different approach to the usual overseas donations.
Related photos: http://www.childreninneedclub.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=12797043.