Posted by Tyler Leswing on July 17, 2013 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (137)

On Sunday, July 14th, my colleague, Charissa and I performed at the senior retirement home at the Sf Towers in SF. It was a beautiful assisted living facility and there were about 20 people there to greet and listen to us perform. Charissa and I alternated playing our different work; Charissa played pieces by Bartok on her violin and I played my original composition. The different mix of music I find both interesting and diverse, which I hope is viewed as quite interesting for our audience. As I watch my audience, I find myself asking how are they receiving our music. What I find interesting is to see the seniors, sitting mostly in wheel chairs, some watching us while others looked down at their lap while we play. I feel like the music resonated with them as they would say compliments and murmurs after we played. Again, this validates to me the power of music and how it can break through age, ethnicity, wealth, etc, and different mental states. It has a restorative energy that can relate to everyone. I hope our music has brought some joy into these seniors’ lives.


Tyler Leswing

Southern CA Head &

Project Leader for Children In Need

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1st Performance at S. F. Towers

Posted by Cherry Yuan on June 30, 2013 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

On June 23, 2013, Children in Need performed for the first time at S. F. Towers, a premium retirement center in San Francisco. When club members arrived, residents were wheeled into the room one by one by nurses. Most of them required skilled nursing and attendance. However, they were eager to listen to the music brought by our club members.

Rj opened the concert by introducing our club to the residents. Then, he played Piano Sonata No. 3 by Kabalevsky. Following RJ, Cherry played two violin pieces by Tchaikovsky; Violin Concerto in D Major and Valse Sentimentale with highly expressive tone and style. To continue the theme of Tchaikovsky, RJ played a piano piece named Dumka. Afterwards, Cherry played two violin pieces, Tzigane by Ravel and Nocturne by Chopin. Her powerful playing has drawn more audience to listen. At the end, RJ concluded the concert with his dynamic performance of Liszt’s “Mazeppa”.

It was a quality time spent with the residents at S.F. Towers. RJ thanked them for being such good audience. Even though they needed assistance from nurses, they were supportive and attentive to the performance. As a promise, we will come back to visit them every month. We also like to thank Miles Graber for accompanying Cherry and Caitlin Gowdy for supporting the club members.

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Drake Terrace Performance

Posted by Cherry Yuan on June 22, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

On June 21, 2013, Children in Need gave a classical music concert at Drake Terrace in San Rafael. After 3 years, Children in Need members came back to this popular retirement center in Marin to perform. Before the concert started, Kuni gave an introductory speech about Children in Need while the residents gradually came to the room to take seats.


Cherry opened the program with a charming violin piece named Salut d’Amour by Elgar. Following that was RJ’s performance of Sonata No. 3 in F Major by Kabalevsky. Then, Cherry played Violin Partita in d minor (Sarabanda and Giga) by Bach with zeal and clear contrasts which brought the Baroque period to life. Before RJ’s next performance, he gave a background introduction on Dumka by Tchaikovsky. Following his short speech, he displayed the style of dumka music which is sudden change from melancholy to exuberance with superb technicality and musicality. Then, Kuni performed Piano Sonata Op 10, No. 2 by Beethoven with sensitivity and thoughtfulness. Following Kuni, Cherry played Violin Concerto by Tchaikovsky emotionally and beautifully. Afterwards, Kuni performed again by playing a soulful piano piece called Lotus Land by Scott. To bring this concert to a close, Cherry played Tzigane by Ravel with RJ’s accompany. Their spirited performance won a huge applause from the audience.


After the concert, the residents expressed their appreciation of the music brought by us. They wanted us to come back soon. I am glad that we could bring classical music to the seniors and spend quality time with them. We would also like to thank their support which enables us to help disadvantaged children that Children in Need has been supporting.

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Smith Ranch Homes Performance

Posted by Cherry Yuan on June 18, 2013 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

On June 18, 2013, Children in Need held its 4th performance at Smith Ranch Homes. When we got there, the place was nicely set up with people taking their seats already. RJ Pearce gave a short opening speech and introduced Cherry Yuan to perform. At the start, Cherry impressed the audience greatly by playing two violin pieces by Tchaikovsky; Violin Concerto in D Major and Valse Sentimentale. RJ then played the four movements of Piano Sonata No. 3 by Beethoven with passion and sensitivity. After RJ, Cherry took the stage and played Tzigane by Ravel. Her sophisticated style with strong musicality and techniques wowed the audience. RJ then played Kabalevsky’s Sonata No. 3 in F Major in style. Following that was Cherry's performance of Nocturne in C Sharp minor by Chopin.  Her emotional playing brought the audience to tears. Then RJ played his last piano piece, Dumka Op. 59 by Tchaikovsky. Cherry concluded the program by playing Song of Fishermen’s Harvest by Zili Lee.

After the concert, the audience gave endless praises to RJ and Cherry. They thanked the performers for bringing touching and beautiful music to them. It made their afternoon special and unforgettable. They invited the performers to come back soon. We enjoyed greatly performing at Smith Ranch Homes and look forward to coming back in the near future. We would like to give special thanks to Miles Graber for accompanying Cherry at this concert.

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A Special Mother's Day

Posted by Cherry Yuan on May 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

On May 12th, club members performed at Mother’s Day event held by Atria Tamalpais Creek. It was our club’s fourth performance at this beautiful retirement community. Club members, Cherry Yuan, Linda Li, Kuni Migimatsu and Chloe Fung spent a memorable night with the residents by performing famous classical music pieces written by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Kreisler, Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Paganini. It was a full house with residents continuing to enter the room throughout the program. Their appreciation of the music was expressed by their enthusiastic applause after every piece and kind words after the program.

Children in Need thinks this is a good way to give back to community since most of the retired people love classical music. By bringing classical music to them directly, we have formed relationships with some of the local retirement communities and perform regularly at these places. It was our pleasure to continue entertaining them.



Fruhlingslied – Mendelssohn

Cherry Yuan, Junior – Violin, San Domenico School

Sonata Op 10, No. 2 – Beethoven

Kuni Migimatsu, Junior - Piano, The Branson School


Siciliana and Rigaudon – Kreisler

Linda Li, Freshman - Violin, San Domenico School 


Jardin Sous La Pluie – Debussy

Chloe Fung, 8th Grade - Piano, Kent Middle School 


Song of Fishermen’s Harvest – Zili Lee

Cherry Yuan, Junior - Violin, San Domenico School 


Ballade No. 2 – Chopin

Kuni Migimatsu, Junior - Piano, The Branson School 


Violin Concerto in D Major – Tchaikovsky

Cherry Yuan, Junior - Violin, San Domenico School 


Lotus Land, Op. 47, No. 1 – Scott

Kuni Migimatsu, Junior - Piano, The Branson School 


Violin Caprice No. 24 – Paganini

Cherry Yuan, Junior - Violin, San Domenico School

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A Great Way to Spend Easter Evening!

Posted by Cherry Yuan on April 2, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (46)

Children in Need was honored to perform at Atria Tamalpais Creek in the evening of Easter Sunday. Members of the club, RJ Pearce, Cherry Yuan, Elena Kim, Mirah Ray and Caitlin Gowdy arrived at the facility one hour early to rehearse their pieces. Some residents were listening the rehearsal quietly in the room wondering what kind of music the club members would perform later on.


The program started at 6:00 pm with Cherry playing Massenet’s Meditation accompanied by Elena. Mirah then played a cello piece, Bourrées I and II by Bach. After these beautiful opening pieces, the concert brought the audience a rich variety of classical musical pieces such as Sonata for Violin and Piano by Beethoven, Violin Partita by Bach, Piano Sonata by Beethoven, Violin Sonata “Ballade” by Ysaye, Violin Version of “Amazing Grace”, Cello Suite “Prelude and Courante” by Bach and Navarra for Two Violins by Sarasate. Though the pieces came from different time periods, they were beautifully and energetically performed and presented to the audience.


After the concert, performers were greeted whole-heartedly by the audience. The residents told the performers how much they enjoyed the music and wanted the performers to come back soon. At the end, our club was invited back to perform again for the Mother’s Day event. The club decided to use the payment from this concert as part of sponsorship fee for the African boy in Niger.

Complete program:

Meditation – Jules Massenet

Cherry Yuan, Junior - Violin

Elena Kim, Junior - Piano 


Cello Suite No. 3-v: Bourrées I and II – Bach

Mirah Ray, Sophomore - Cello


Sonate for Violin and Piano Op 24 No. 5 Allegro – Beethoven

Elena Kim, Junior – Violin 

RJ Pearce, Senior – Piano 

Violin Partita in d minor (Sarabanda) – Bach

Cherry Yuan, Junior - Violin


Sonata Op 31, No. 3 – Beethoven

RJ Pearce, Senior - Piano


No. 3 Violin Sonata “Ballade”, Op. 27 – Ysaye

Cherry Yuan, Junior - Violin


Amazing Grace – Folk Song

Elena Kim, Junior - Violin


Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prelude and Courante – Bach

Mirah Ray, Sophomore - Cello


Navarra for Two Violins – Sarasate

Cherry Yuan, Junior - Violin 

Elena Kim, Junior - Violin

RJ Pearce, Senior - Piano 

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Aegis of Corte Madera Performance

Posted by Cherry Yuan on February 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

On Feb. 10, 2013, the day of Chinese New Year, our club performed at Aegis of Corte Madera. This was our club’s third performance at this lovely place. The moment we arrived at the retirement center, we were greeted warmly. Many residents already took their seats and waited for us. Some of them dressed nicely as if they were going to a concert at Davis Symphony Hall.

The program started with Cherry’s Salut d’Amour by Elgar. The enchanting melody of her violin playing brought smiles to the audience. Followed by her, R J played a beautiful piano piece, Prelude and Fugue, by Bach. Elena Kim’s violin piece, Amazing Grace with variations, touched many people’s hearts. Then Cherry played Bach’s Partita in d minor which brought audience to a different era. Kuni played Chopin’s Ballade No. 2 with thoughtfulness and strong techniques. Cherry then took the center stage by her violin playing of Ravel’s Tzigane. Her precise yet powerful playing was received with hearty rounds of applause. Her superb performance was followed by R J’s fantastic piano playing of Beethoven’s Sonata Op 31, Movements 2, 3 and 4. Then we had a special guest from Beijing, Huan Ci. He is a student of the Middle School Attached to the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijin China. He played a technically difficult piece, Caprice No. 24 by Paganini, which impressed the audience greatly. The final piece, Navarra for two violins by Sarasate, was performed by Cherry and Elena and accompanied by R J. They ended the concert with a bang.

After the concert, audience talked to us expressing their gratitude and appreciation of our performance. They asked our backgrounds and years of music education. We were happy that they enjoyed our music. We also want to thank Fiona Wang for taking photos of our concert.

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Altria Tamalpais Creek Concert

Posted by Cherry Yuan on February 2, 2013 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

On January 27, 2013, we had a concert at Altria Tamalpais Creek. The minute we opened the door, we were greeted warmly by the staff. They still remembered our club’s performance few years ago. There was a reception held for the residents before the concert. They were informed about the purposed of our concert which was to raise money for the uncompensated children who receive dialysis treatment at Stanford Children’s Hospital.

When the concert started, the room was already full. Kuni gave an opening speech about our club and its purpose. The first piece Salut d’Amour by Elgar played by Cherry and accompanied by RJ was soul touching and beautiful. Some of the audience were humming to the familiar tune. RJ then played Bartok’s Burlesque which was intriguing and technically difficult. It was followed by Cherry’s Partita by Bach. Her emotional and powerful playing brought some audience to tears. Candy then took stage by playing Grieg’s Wedding March. This was her first public performance in the U.S. Understandably she was nervous but she performed gracefully. Before RJ played Liszt’s famed piece “Mazeppa”, he told an interesting story about this piece. His humorous illustration brought laughter to the audience. RJ’s superb technique and excellent interpretation of this piece gave a great impression on the audience. Cherry then played Recitativo and Scherzo by Kreisler. Again, her flawless playing was impressive. Followed by her, it was Kuni’s soulful playing of Ballade by Chopin. Audience yelled “bravo” after he finished his piece. Then RJ played his last solo piece Prelude and Fugue by Bach. The last piece Tzigane by Ravel was performed by Cherry and accompanied by RJ. The high energetic and emotional playing ended the concert on a high note.

After the concert, we talked to the audience and learned some of them had impressive careers such as a former Wimbledon winner, a female pilot during WW II, a colonel during Korean War, and a former professor at Stanford. We were honored to perform for them. The most touching thing was when we were leaving, we saw tears in some of the residents’ eyes. We will definitely come back to perform for them again.

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Sunrise of Petaluma Performance

Posted by Gabrielle "Gaby" Berbey on February 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday, January 13, four club members were taken to the expansive scenic grasslands of the North Bay Area at Sunrise of Petaluma. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the home’s staff and residents, emanating a sense of excitement and deep gratitude as they welcomed us to their facility. Given the privilege to perform in the main lobby for maximum attendance, we had the pleasure of witnessing more and more people join the audience as they passed through the home, the pleasure of seeing the residents and staff stop and allow themselves to momentarily become lost in the music.

The first performer, RJ Pearce, opened the concert with Beethovens Sonata Op. 31, No. 3 mvt 2-4, immediately bringing smiles to the faces of the audience member as they realized they were not merely in the presence of student musicians, but of young adults who recognize music as part of their soul. Cherry Yuan followed his performance with Bach’s Violin Partita in d minor, contrasting the piano’s defiant tone with her seemingly human sound from the violin as she masterfully executed the somewhat ecclesiastical music of Bach. Bringing the concert back to the romantic period, Gaby Berbey and RJ Pearce performed Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 24 No. 5 as they skillfully intertwined their parts, effortlessly working with and off each other through each theme. Kuni Migimatsu followed Gaby and RJ’s performance with Chopin’s Ballade No.2, capturing Chopin’s deep emotion with the strike of every key. Concluding the performance with her virtuosic playing, Cherry Yuan performed Kreisler’s Recitativo and Scherzo, as well as Ravel’s Tzigane, leaving the audience members feeling as though they have just listened to a guest performance at Carngie Hall.  With the audience asking for an encore piece, Cherry played Salut d’Amour by Elgar to end the concert beautifully.

We hope to return to Sunrise of Petaluma, as the staff and audience made the performance nothing short of a success and a pleasure for the performers.

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The Redwoods Concert

Posted by Gabrielle "Gaby" Berbey on November 27, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

On November 18, Cherry Yuan, RJ Pearce, and Gaby Berbey performed for the residents at the Redwoods Retirement Community in Mill Valley. Upon arriving, the performers were warmly greeted by both the residents and staff eager to hear them play. After a few introductory words from President Gaby Berbey, Cherry Yuan started the performance with Partita No. 2 in D minor by Bach, impressing the crowd with her illusion of graceful simplicity and kicking the concert off to a strong start. RJ Pearce then followed her performance, matching her skill and finesse with Beethoven’s Sonata, Op. 31 No.3 1st Movement. RJ immediately captivated the audience with his ability to move in one seemingly tangible and fluid motion with the piano. Cherry performed, once again, with Kreisler’s Recitativo and Scherzo. Her virtuosic performance demonstrated her balance of strong technique as well as pose and beauty. Gaby Berbey then followed Cherry’s performance and added a Spanish flare to the concert with Sarasate’s Romanza Andaluza, leaving the audience with images of the traditional Spanish Tango and tapping their feet to the syncopated rhythm. RJ concluded the performance with Liszt’s Transcendental Etude No. 4, bringing a perfect conclusion to the performance by retaining beauty throughout the technically demanding piece.


The residents were beyond grateful for the performance, and expressed their gratitude by asking us to come back in December for a second concert. For the performers, the residents and staff made performing completely worthwhile, and we hope to return for future concerts.


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