By Amanda Hatfield
BREVARD -- A local student will put his talent to use for philanthropic causes this Sunday.
Hijoon Choi -- known by his teachers and friends as "Joon"-- will host a concert on Sunday, April 28 at the Scott Center for Worship and Performing Arts, benefiting the St. Sacrament School in Fond Parisiens, Haiti. The concert is set to start at 3:30 p.m., and cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Originally from South Korea, Joon, 17, organized two benefit concerts in his home country prior to moving to the states in 2011. Joon, who is a member of Brevard's Capriccioso String Quartet, has played cello since the age of 3.
"Music is an activity that everyone can enjoy making or hearing," Joon said. "Teenagers, especially, hear a lot of pop music, but not so much classical music."
Because of this, Joon decided to organize an event for teens to hear classical music performed by their peers, while raising money for a good cause.
"I thought a concert might be a more appealing way than a bake sale to raise money for our sister school in Haiti," the Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy junior said. "This also gives us a chance to perform and others a chance to hear the Dvorak 'American' string quartet."
In choosing Dvorak's quartet, Joon says that it is his homage to America.
"The 'American' string quartet was written by Dvorak, based on sounds he heard while he was living here," Joon added.
To complete the Capriccioso String Quartet, Joon is joined by classmate Evan Ristrow, as well as Rachel Ho from Satellite High School and Abby Jones from Brevard Community College.
In addition to the quartet, the Brevard Children's Chorus ensemble will also perform at the benefit.
Called "talent donation" in his native South Korea, Joon's efforts will allow him and others to use their time and talent for a great cause.
St. Sacrament School, located 45 minutes west of the Haitian capital of Port au Prince, lies in the middle of the site of a large post-earthquake displacement and recovery center. The school currently serves 150 students between kindergarten and sixth grade.
Like many schools in the area, St. Sacrament is facing major financial hardship, struggling to pay teachers and the principal. School leaders envision of providing at least one hot-meal per day for all enrolled, and eventually opening a vocational school.
"I hope this concert will raise a good amount of money for St. Sacrament, and I hope people will have a great time at the concert," Joon said. "We have all been working hard and the music we have chosen is great."
The concert to benefit St. Sacrament School in Haiti is Sunday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. at the Scott Center for Worship and Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
All proceeds benefit the St. Sacrament School in Fond Parisiens, Haiti.
Holy Trinity Episcopal School is located at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 723-8323.