UCMP Special Event: Catalyst Quartet violinist Karla Donehew Perez performs for UCMP Children

Catalyst Quartet

Photo: Michael Shane

On June 4th, violinist Karla Donehew Perez, from the Catalyst Quartet, gave a special performance to the children and families of the UCMP. Ms Donehew played various pieces from renowned classical composers such as Claude Debussy, Joan Sebastian Bach and Mexican Composer Manuel Ponce, while taking questions from the audience, comprised of 3 to 6 year-old children and their families. Some children were curious about how many hours she had to practice each day while others wondered about how many countries she had visited while playing music and why she had chosen the violin as her instrument. Born and raised in Puerto Rico by two musicians, Ms Donehew spoke to the children about the impact music had had in her life. She explained to them that she had began her music training when she was three years old and that the hours of practice had increased from just half an hour when she was very young to six or seven hours as an adult. She told the audience that through her musical career she had been fortunate to travel to many countries. She had just returned from Colombia where she had been traveling on tour with the Catalyst Quartet.