By Christopher O'Malley
This is a busy time of year for both Leo and Margaret. The recitals, concerts and competitions are in full swing. Adding to the excitement, both Leo and Margaret play violin and piano. On one Sunday, these two amazing kids performed in four different concerts in two different cities 30 miles apart and Leo, our renaissance man, played three different instruments (i.e., violin, piano and viola).
I've taken a few excerpts from these events that I hope you take the time to enjoy. The first is Leo playing George Gershwin's, "Rhapsody in Blue," in its entirety without reading the music. The song is nearly 17 minutes and he knocked it out of the park. His greatest fan (his five year old sister Cecilia) rushes that stage at the end with flowers for her hero.
The second video is of our most beautiful Miss Margaret Mary holding the honor of being the Concert Mistress for the Chicago Youth Symphony's Preparatory Orchestra. You will see her come on stage and address the orchestra before the conductor. Her potential is boundless.
The third video is of Leo with the Chicago Youth Symphony's Concert Orchestra that performed in Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall. Very cool.
Sorry for the unabashed pride shown for these kids, but I can't myself. I love them both more than the moon, the sun and the stars.
Hope you enjoy!
4/28/2013 - Leo Thomas O'Malley playing George Gershwin's, "Rhapsody in Blue," at Wheaton College
5/12/2013 - Margaret Mary O'Malley, Concert Mistress, Of The Chicago Youth Symphony's Prep Orchestra at Northwestern University
5/19/2013 - Leo Thomas O'Malley Playing With The Chicago Youth Symphony's, Concert Symphony at Chicago's Symphony Hall