Musical celebration marks 20 years of Arts in Bartlett

Music and poetry made the 20th anniversary celebration of the Arts at Bartlett a glorious celebration.

This musical event was held at Villa Olivia on Sunday, October 2 to support the promotion of cultural programs in Bartlett.

In addition to promoting local arts, Arts in Bartlett was instrumental in establishing the Sister City relationship between Bartlett Village and Miaoli City Village, Taiwan in 2010.

The event featured a world-class group of young violinists aged 4-17. The “Musical Strings of Youth”, conducted by Betty-Haag Kuhnke, was the featured performance. The group has performed all over the world, including Germany, Italy, France, Portugal and Taiwan, with multiple performances at the White House and Carnegie Hall in New York.

Their repertoire included “Bourrée”, “Sound of Music”, “Over the Rainbow”, “Concerto Grosso”, “Concerto for Two Violins”, “Czardas”, “Hakka Folk Song”, “Fiddle Faddle”, “Flight of the Bumblebee”, and more.

The 20th anniversary cake, created by Bartlett-based Rebecca’s Cakes by Design, echoed the musical program featured.

An “East Meets West” theme was the premise for the second half of the event, featuring a different style of music and poetry recitation, with similarities in expression and sentiment through the performers’ interpretation.


Pianist and professor Suyi Su from Harper College performed two pieces of music: Frédéric Chopin’s “Grand Valse Brilliante in E-flat Major Op. 18” and “Memory of Home, Suite No. 2 Memory” by Taiwanese composer Tyren Hsaio.

The final performance was a mix of music and poetry. Megan McClure and Sherry Yu recited poems written by Frank Wu while pianist Suyi Su accompanied the piano.

The celebration ended on a high note with everyone participating in a song “What a Wonderful World”.