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    “Hojoon, a junior at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, and members of the Capriccioso String Quartet as well as the Brevard Children’s Chorus ensemble will perform.” – floridatoday.com

    Korean-born Hojoon Choi, 17, has been playing the cello since he was 3 and organizing concerts since he was 14. He’ll showcase his talents this afternoon at a benefit concert he organized to help an elementary school in Haiti.

    Proceeds from today’s concert will help pay teachers at St. Sacrement Episcopal school in Fond Parisiens, Haiti. The 45-year-old school has 150 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

    The school is struggling to pay staff salaries. School leaders also want to provide students one hot meal per day. Florida today talked with Hojoon, who had organized two benefit concerts in Korea before coming to the U.S. as an International Student in 2011.

    Question: Why was organizing today’s benefit concert important to you? Answer: Haiti is still recovering from the earthquakes, even though it has been three years since the disaster. I thought they might need our help, especially since this is a school for little kids, who are the future of Haiti.

    Q: Tell us about yourself and your expertise. A: I am from Seoul, South Korea. I have played cello for 14 years. I have been taught by cellist SeongEun Hong from Juliard School of Music, and in Brevard by cellist Tom Silliman. I was a member of Yong-In Youth Orchestra for six years, and have been a member of the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra for the past two years.

    Q: Tell us about having directed two concerts previously in Korea. A: I was 14 when I organized a classic concert in Seoul called “Beautiful Dreamers” which was for and by teenagers and it was free for everybody. The second concert I organized when I was 15 and it was a benefit concert for youth orchestras in South Korea called “Hello? Orchestra” and members of the orchestra were multicultural kids. Most multicultural families in South Korea are poor, so it is hard for their kids to play their own instrument.

    Q: Why do you organize concerts? A: I am doing it to provide opportunities for people to listen to classic music, which is not as popular as regular pop songs. Also to provide a stage for young artists who couldn't perform in front of audiences any other way.

    Q: What are your career goals? A: Providing high quality classic concerts to the people who could not have the chance to watch or listen to the music otherwise. I am going to college in America and want to be a professional, classic concert manager. I want to show people more creative and more fun concerts.

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