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Meet KVNO's 2012 Classical Kids

KVNO thanks the Soener Foundation for their support of the award-winning Classical Kids program.

Paul Matthews

January:
Paul
Matthews

KVNO's first Classical Kid of 2012 is January honoree, Paul Matthews. An 11-year-old pianist, he attends St. Margaret Mary's School. His most memorable musical experiences have been a trip to Austria where he studied at the International Carinthian Piano Academy, his first piano lesson and learning musical composition. Paul also enjoys participating in baseball, football and basketball. He enjoys listening to KVNO because it is calming and he enjoys the variety of music. Listen to KVNO's interview with Paul:

Christiano Wang Beach

February:
Christiano Wang Beach

February’s Classical Kid is is Sunset Hills Elementary student Christiano Wang Beach, who plays the piano. Nine year-old Christiano recalls winning the state piano competition, which he describes as making him nervous but also proud. In addition to music, he loves to play basketball because it is very active. He is a KVNO fan because it is relaxing.

Molly Fisher

March:
Molly Fisher

Molly Fisher is KVNO’s Classical Kid for March. A 13-year-old, she plays the piano. Molly attends Mary Our Queen Grade School. Her most memorable musical experience was the time she accompanied music for her grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary, which made her nervous until she got many compliments for her playing. Molly's favorite activity other than music is playing sports so she can be active. She says she loves KVNO because "it makes you think about deep topics."

William White

April:
William White

April’s Classical Kid is trombonist William White. A 13-year-old student at Lewis Central Middle School in Council Bluffs, several memorable experiences include his selection as Second Chair in an honorband and his participation in the Jim Weidner UNO Jazz Camp. William likes to produce stop-motion videos, specializing in silent movies. He enjoys KVNO because he can "get lost" in the music.

Jasmine Parmley

May:
Jasmine Parmley

Jasmine Parmley is KVNO’s Classical Kid for May. A 13-year-old studentat Millard Central Middle School, she plays the piano, viola and percussion. Jasmine was inspired by Nobuyuki Tsujii, a blind Japanese pianist. She realized how important music is in expressing what words cannot say.

Addison Dunbar

June:
Addison Dunbar

June’s Classical Kid is Addison Dunbar, an 9-year-old pianist and violinist who attends Omaha Christian Academy. She received a Superior rating in the Nebraska Music Teachers Association State Music Festival. Addison is also a competitive figure skater and says playing music helps her skating performances. She finds KVNO's music calming and says it inspires her to excel.

Ben Franco

July:
Ben Franco

July’s Classical Kid is 13-year-old Ben Franco who attends St. Stephen the Martyr School. He plays the piano and clarinet. When he was 11 years old, Ben played piano music for two hours during his uncle's wedding rehearsal dinner, which he describes as "nervous excitement." His grandparents listen to KVNO all the time and he likes to hear the music he plays on the radio.

Kai Johnson

August:
Kai Johnson

KVNO’s August Classical Kid is 13-year-old Kai Johnson. A violinist and oboist, he attends Beveridge Magnet School. He says playing at the Holland Performing Arts Center with a mariachi group was exciting and he is now a member of the group. They have performed at various events in Omaha. Kai also loves to play basketball because of the great exercise. He enjoys listening to KVNO to hear the similarities in and differences between the way he and the performers play various pieces.

Ryan Parmenter

September:
Ryan Parmenter

Ryan Parmenter is September’s Classical Kid. He is a 14-year-old pianist at Concordia Junior/Senior High School. His most memorable experience was the process of competing in a statewide competition. Ryan enjoys sharing experiences with family and friends. He listens to KVNO because he enjoys the relaxing music and it helps him with his piano techniques.

Kyle Burke

October:
Kyle Burke

October’s Classical Kid is 12-year-old Kyle Burke, who was is a student at Central Middle School. He plays the piano and violin. Kyle enjoys playing at farmers' markets. He is also a runner because it makes him feel good. He listens to KVNO so he can hear classical music.

Daniel Fu

November:
Daniel Fu

Millard North Middle School student Daniel Fu is the November Classical Kid. A 12-year-old, he plays the piano and E-flat alto saxophone. Daniel recalls his first piano recital when he was seven years old. He was so nervous he was "shaking like a Chihuahua." He also loves to play basketball because it keeps him healthy and fit. Daniel listens to KVNO to learn how to express musical dynamics and good intonation. Listen to KVNO's interview with Daniel:

Emily Weiss

December:
Emily Weiss

Emily Weiss is December’s Classical Kid. She is 9 years old, attends Brownell-Talbot School and plays the piano. Emily says she was very nervous during her first recital at the Omaha Conservatory of Music. In addition to music, she loves to read because she can imagine being indifferent places. Asked why she likes KVNO, Emily says she likes learning about composers and listening to great music. Listen to KVNO's interview with Emily: