World class violinist hopes to inspire Englewood students

World class violinist hopes to inspire Englewood students

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago violinist Rachel Barton Pine shared her talent Wednesday night, helping students in one of Chicago’s most violent and underserved communities.

Young students from Englewood and various parts of parts of the south side got a chance to learn more about their craft.

Violin students at Chicago Park District’s Sherwood Park in Englewood prepare to meet a woman they admire.

12-year-old Nia Richardson and her twin brother Nathaniel have been playing the violin for 3 years.

“When I grow up I want to be just like Miss Rachel, I want to play in orchestras and perform in concerts," said Nia.

You don’t get to meet an International concert violinist every day, especially one who understands what it means to come from a humble beginning.

"Some weeks we were trying to figure out how the heck we were going to pay for groceries and have enough to pay for gas to take me to my violin lessons," said Barton Pine.

Rachel Barton Pine, a native Chicagoan has overcome many challenges to achieve her dream. She lost her leg in an accident on a Metra train nearly 20 years ago.

Although she often comes to classes like this, this one means something different.

"It's so heartwarming to see kids from some of the Chicago neighborhoods that you always hear negative things about that are doing something just positive for them," Barton Pine added.

Robert Fischer, music instructor at Sherwood Park was thrilled his friend could come and show children what they can achieve.

“I'm hoping that they're going to see what a lot of hard work can do for you,” Fischer said. “To practice the violin, to become world famous and make your living just doing what you love."

The kids even had a chance to learn from the world renowned violinist with personal lessons, something these kids will continue to cherish for years to come.

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