New York, NY, December 14, 2021: Indian American high school students and siblings Sarah Parigela (17) & Samuel Parigela (12) from Irvine, California performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, New York on 3rd December 2021. After a long COVID shutdown, this world-famous concert venue was reopened only recently for public performances much to the delight of the concertgoers.
This was very much evident in the enthusiasm and excitement of the public in attendance. On this majestic evening, Sarah masterfully performed a virtuosic violin piece by Polish composer Henryk Wieniawski with Samuel delivering the elegant piano accompaniment to the ovation of the adoring classical music aficionados. For the spellbound audience, this was an evening to remember!
Sarah is a high school junior and attends a strings music conservatory at a charter school in Orange County, California. She has won many awards and accolades over the years including winning an international virtuoso competition. She performed at various famous concert halls as a concertmaster and principal including a nationally televised performance for 2019 ESPYs (sports awards) at Microsoft Theatre. Though Sarah is a classically trained violinist, she plays cello, piano, and guitar. She arranges music for special events involving trios, quartets, and orchestra. Sarah founded a music charity with a friend to teach classical music to underprivileged children in Orange County, as well as to donate instruments to underfunded music programs. She also represents her school in Science Olympiad.
Samuel attends the music conservatory with his sister. This quiet but assertive genius is a high school freshman and mastered complex topics at a tender age of 12. He is an authority on everything from geography to theology and literature to politics. He has been training on piano and violin in classical music but also has a strong penchant for singing. Samuel was recognized by his teachers and peers for his precociousness and mentorship to his peers from the very young age of 6.
This sister-brother duo regularly performs at homeless shelters and rescue missions bringing joy to many through the power of music. They released an album this year and produce music on various channels during their free time. They also recorded over 50 songs on YouTube that are viewed by over 2 million from 100+ countries and counting. What motivates them most is not the round of applause at the concert halls, but the quiet conversation with a homeless mother who rediscovered her passion after watching them play and a comment online by someone who was touched by listening to their music.
Their goal is to give back their God given talents to society and use the power of music for social causes to touch, heal, empower and impact lives. In short, change lives for good.