14 year-old Claire Youn and 13 Year-old Katie Liu were devastated when the pandemic struck in 2020. With concerts and performances canceled and social distancing measures in place, they came up with a project to keep the music going. They invited several of their friends to participate in a virtual performance of the piece “Meditation de Thais.” Each person played a portion of the music, and the girls skillfully edited the individual recordings together to create a beautiful, cohesive piece.
Their purpose is to remind people that even though we may be physically apart, we can still connect with each other through music and other forms of art. By sharing their music, Claire, Katie, and their friends are not only expressing themselves creatively, but they are also spreading joy and positivity to others who may be struggling during these challenging times.
Their hard work paid off when they finished the six-minute performance after two months of recording and editing. The group was proud of what they had accomplished and felt it was important to share their message with the world.
In a time of great conflict, violence, and tension, the power of music can serve as a unifying force. It may not solve all the world’s problems, but it can bring people together and provide a moment of solace and connection. Claire and Katie’s determination to keep the music going is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a reminder that even in the darkest of times, hope and creativity can thrive.
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