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Take a trip through the life of Mozart and his music at Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library


Last updated 1/21/2018 at Noon

Kodi Lee, 21, who is blind and autistic has become a skilled piano teacher in spite of his disabilities, his teacher said. He will be performing Mozart at Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library. Courtesy photo

Piano students will take guests at Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library on a musical adventure through the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to celebrate the musician’s 262nd birthday during a free event, Saturday, Jan. 27.

The fourth annual “Celebrating Mozart” event will take place 2 p.m. at the library, 30600 Pauba Road and features performances by students of Yiyi Ku’s Piano Studio.

Those students will be performing pieces by Mozart, from the time that he was a boy to the end of his life.

linkKu, the piano instructor, said guests will be able to enjoy not just the songs that Mozart is well-known for such as “Rondo alla Turca,” but also some of his lesser known compositions.

linkShe said the experience is an exciting one for her students, who range from young children to adults. They practice for as much as three months before the event.

Most of the recitals the students participate in are generally only attended by close family and friends, but Ku said there’s something about the city-run event that’s different.

“When we do these Mozart recitals, because it’s actually organized by the city and they do their own publicity, the audience is people we have never met, and the students get so excited because they feel like they’re actually performing and sharing the music with new people,” Ku said.

Ku said she was first approached by city officials to organize a recital several years ago, and she jumped at the opportunity because she believed it would help her students grow.

She said that since that time she’s seen interest in the recital increase every year.

link“Last year was our biggest ever,” she said. “The entire room at the library was packed – there was not even standing room, I kid you not, so it’s definitely grown.”

Ku said she’s stunned by one of her students and his skill on the piano.

Lucas Schaefer, 10, and Ranchel Hong, 13, are some of the other young piano players who will be performing during the fourth annual “Celebrating Mozart” event, Jan. 27. Courtesy photo

Kodi Lee, 21, has autism and was born blind, but in spite of that he has excelled, Ku said. She said he will be performing for the first time at Carnegie Hall in New York later this year after winning a musical competition.

“Sometimes people feel like music is for the elitists or whatever, but this student – every time I see him – I’m just moved and inspired beyond words just because you never know where music can take you, and even with his disabilities, he makes the most out of what music has to offer to him,” she said.

What birthday would be complete without cake? Guests will be able to enjoy a piece after the music has concluded.

More information can be found by visiting or calling (951) 694-6480.


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