From April 1 soloist Jenny Oaks Baker


I am very excited to come back to Erie to perform! The audiences are so warm and welcoming and performing with Maestro Meyer is always a treat! I am also thrilled to be performing this Disney program! I love music that is accessible and universal, and I think that we have put together a program that will be appreciated by both young and old! 

I have much appreciation for those parents and grandparents who introduce their children and grandchildren to the Arts and help foster within the the next generation an appreciation for them.  I learned to play the violin as a four year old, sitting on my mother's lap.  As I sat on her lap, my mother played my notes on the piano but she taught me more than just the notes. She taught me to love music, the arts and the creative process.  She taught me exactness and honor as she required that each mistake be carefully corrected. She taught me about beauty of sound and harmony in life.  She showed me how music shared can develop, enhance and solidify relationships.  My mother and I were extremely close, and this bond was largely fostered through the many hours we spent together as she patiently practiced and performed with me.  My mother died of cancer when I was 23, but she lives on through her gift of music to me.  And now I am trying to foster this same love of music with my own four children.  Here is a link to our most recent music video: http://youtu.be/fA3XjrgrD2E. Music has brought our family closer together, and I am so grateful for the way it has blessed our lives! 

John Adams, second President of the United States stated: " I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.  My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain."  John Adams knew how important the Arts are to humanity and was willing to dedicate his life to politics and war so that his posterity would have the privilege of studying and enjoying music and the arts.  How much more of a priority it should be to us living in these in incredibly chaotic modern times, to give our children and grandchildren all the emotional, mental, social and intellectual benefits of a musical appreciation and education.  

I look so forward to performing all my Disney favorites for the audience in Erie! And I hope that this concert helps engender an even deeper love of music in many young and old hearts! 

~ Jenny Oaks Baker



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