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Steve Staruch reports from the road

Posted at 1:52 PM on March 20, 2012 by Daniel Gilliam
Filed under: Artists in Residence

Steve Staruch emailed me today with an update from the tour with Chad Hoopes. If you're new to what Chad is doing, read some of his blog. Here's what Steve says:

I'm old enough to remember Art Linkletter's "Kids Say the Darndest Things" which I watched as a kid. It's good to know that some things don't change with.....maturity. I've been on the road these last two days with Classical MPR's Artist-in-Residence, violinist Chad Hoopes. The young people, many of whom play in a youth orchestras, have been wowed by Chad's virtuosity and enamored by his smiling personality. When he tells them that he's a big fan of Adele...well, that just takes the cake! The kids ask really good questions too. Who inspired you? How do you memorize? Do you ever get stage fright?

When a young violinist came up to him after today's presentation and asked him to play Happy Birthday for a friend, his performace brought her to tears. Bravo to Chad! There'll be more on the rest of the tour in the coming days.