Critically acclaimed concert pianists Michelle Chen Kuo and son Christopher Kuo are performing a two piano recital for the benefit of Minds Matter San Franciso.
100% of the proceeds of the event will go to Minds Matter San Francisco. Since 2010, Minds Matter San Francisco has dedicated itself to the mission of empowering low-income, high-achieving high school students by giving them the support and mentorship they need to gain acceptance into colleges that will allow them to pursue their dream. MMSF started with 11 students and 20 mentors, and has since expanded to over 80 students and 200+ volunteers, with an operating budget of nearly $400K and an all volunteer executive committee of more than 50 individuals. Our mentors, tutors, and executive team are all dedicated to our mission of transforming the lives of accomplished high school students from low- income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success. We are proud to say we have raised our mentees' test scores on average by 200 points, and 100% of mentees are admitted into college.
The night will begin promptly at 7pm with a cocktail hour, followed by the concert at 7:45pm. The mother and son piano duo will perform the complete two piano works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, the crown jewel of the duo literature. The wickedly challenging program traverses the composer's entire life. The first half begins with Russian Rhapsody, cheeky variations of a folk theme written when Rachmaninoff attended conservatory, followed by the Symphonic Dances, Rachmaninoff's final work and a triumph of conservative romanticism. The second half brings to life the intense passion of Rachmaninoff's first and second duo suites. Learn more about them at twopianojourney.com.
General Admission: $60 || VIP: $85 (Reserved seating) || Sponsor: $1000 (Open Bar, Reserved Seating, Event-wide Recognition)
Michelle and Christopher Kuo are a mother and son two piano team on a mission to make the world a better place. They made their professional debut together at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in October 2015, and made an exciting return there on October 15, 2016. They are currently on a benefit tour for nonprofit organizations across the country, with 30 engagements in 15 cities across the United States. Their most recent performances bring their lifetime career fundraising total to $290,000, and they have a goal to raise another quarter million dollars over the course of next season. Separately, Michelle teaches students in her studio in Morris Plains, NJ, and Christopher is a Structured Credit Trader for the LATAM region at Credit Suisse. Michelle is a three-time winner of the Taiwan National Piano Competition and a winner of the National Piano Competition in Hong Kong. She earned her BM from Eastman School of Music and her MM from the Juilliard School with high distinction. Christopher graduated from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business with degrees in Finance and Statistics. He graduated as a recipient of the Presidential Service Award and the Sally Blount Social Impact Award. They currently study with Professor Eduardus Halim. They are currently under the management of Christensen Arts.