By Reesha Brown
Dobie High School junior Garrett Barrientos has been chosen to perform with 12 members of the Virtuosi of Houston for some of the biggest names in office during the Presidential Inauguration.
“To be part of the few that are representing Pasadena ISD and Dobie High School is a huge honor,” Barrientos said. “It’s surreal to think that I will be doing what I love at such a historical event.”
Virtuosi is comprised of some of the top young musicians in town. The students will provide music at a private reception and candlelight congressional dinner, leading up to the Presidential Inauguration.
The performance was arranged by Virtuosi board member Monzer Hourani of MediStar Corp., who is co-hosting the dinner and helping to fund the trip, along with Dr. and Mrs. Garrett Peel and Glenda Perryman, supporters of Virtuosi of Houston who wanted to give the young musicians this once in a lifetime opportunity.
“We recognize that the youth of today are growing up in a smaller, globally and politically connected world,” Zarine Boyce, president and CEO of Virtuosi of Houston said. “Understanding our political process and experiencing an Inauguration by being there is crucial to developing a child into a responsible citizen.”
The musicians – ranging in age from 11 to 18 – will also be present during the swearing-in at the Capitol.