Two-time guest on the Tonight Show will perform at the Pasadena Symphony's Musical Circus Feb. 4When storyteller and actor David Prather last appeared at The Pasadena Symphony's free Musical Circus for families with young children, he arrived as "Mr. Beethoven," to introduce the audience of fledgling music lovers to one of classical music's most renowned composers.
On Feb. 4, when Prather returns to the Musical Circus, the performance will have a slightly different twist. This time, Prather will introduce the children to an aspiring young musician no older than they are: 7-year-old cellist and pianist Marc Yu, who is already well on his way to achieving his dream of performing Beethoven at Carnegie Hall.
A student at the Colburn School, Marc Yu has already mastered two works for piano by Beethoven as well as numerous compositions by Bach, Bartok, Chopin and Mozart, among others. Awards he has recently won include the Leni Fe Bland Audition Competition, the Barbara and David L. Abell Scholarship and Ackerberg Scholarship from the Young Musicians Foundation and a Davidson Fellowship Award, which has never before been awarded to a child as young as Yu.