Grace Krumdieck loved music. Even though she had Rett Syndrome, a neurological disorder that took away her ability to speak or walk, Grace’s expressive eyes left no doubt.
Grace was a regular at concerts and recitals in Davidson, where her family lived, accompanied by her mother, Barbara Krumdieck. When Grace died in late 2013, at age 15, from complications caused by her disorder, the community lost a muse whose lovely eyes had inspired performers and audience alike.
To honor Grace’s memory, the Music at St. Alban’s concert series is holding a special concert3 p.m. March 15 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson. The concert, Celebrating Grace: A Performance by Young Musicians, spotlights talented young musicians from the Charlotte region.
Barbara Krumdieck, who is a noted Baroque cellist and artistic director of the Music at St. Alban’s series, said the concert will be nothing like those “boring piano recitals we all had to sit through and play in.”
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“These are all very talented young local musicians,” she said. “They are young people of Grace’s age, her peers, who will be celebrating Grace through their musical skills.”
The program features pianists Florence Lui and David Carter, organist and pianist Clara Gerdes, violinist Georgia Gerdes, flautists Martha Gerdes, Hanah Elizabeth Dinsmore and Lily Dinsmore and harpist Tamar Rowe, with additional young performers.
This year’s Celebrating Grace concert is the first part of larger initiative by Music at St. Alban’s to support local young artists. The organization has created a special fund as a memorial to Grace that will help fund an annual concert featuring rising young musicians, as well as support outreach programs to bring music to children.
“We are very excited to create this opportunity for young musicians,” says Frank Shults, vice president of the music at St. Alban’s board.
Barbara Krumdieck said Grace inspired poetry as well as works of musical and visual art. She feels the concert affirms her daughter’s remarkable ability to connect with people.
“One of the important and amazing things about Grace was the way she brought so many people together, even though she could not speak or walk. Her personality reached so many, people from all over the world.”
Don Boekelheide is a freelance writer. Reach him at email@example.com
Want to go?
Celebrating Grace: A Performance by Young Musicians will be held 3 p.m. March 15 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson. Pre-concert begins at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors and students, $5 for ages 12-18 and free for children younger than 12. For information, call 704-941-0650 or visit the website at www.musicatstalbansdavidson.org.