One of the best parts of the Summer Symposium Concert Series is the opportunity for students to perform alongside world renowned artists. Tonight was no different for the Orchestra Division as they took the stage with the Ahn Trio.

The Ahn Trio consists of sisters Angella, violin, Lucia, piano, and Maria, cello, from Seoul, South Korea. The sisters studied at the Juilliard School in New York City. The Trio brings a new energy and excitement to the chamber music world by blending together their two cultures. They have performed in all 50 states and over 30 countries; we are so excited they took the time to come perform for our campers.

Their concert could best be described as fusion between classical and pop as they performed mind-blowing covers of the likes of David Bowie, Radiohead, and Prince. The passion exuding off all three was palpable and I think the audience fed into it more than any other concert thus far. In a space as large as Emens, the Trio managed to have a spectacular, intimate concert experience as the audience hung on every note as the first half concluded.

The students took the stage for the last two pieces, “Oblivion” and “Skylight.” This is what the Summer Symposium is all about: unparalleled experiences students can’t get anywhere else. I hope every member of the Orchestra Division felt the love from the rest of camp as we all erupted for their moving performances. There really is nothing like a Summer Symposium audience. One of the most rewarding experiences is talking the students after and seeing the raw emotion as they take in a performance of this magnitude. Every student should be proud of what they accomplished tonight!