Nearly 15 years ago, Christy Humphries awoke in the middle of the night to find her bedroom on fire. She escaped through a window, but not before suffering severe burns over 87 percent of her body, …
Nearly 15 years ago, Christy Humphries awoke in the middle of the night to find her bedroom on fire. She escaped through a window, but not before suffering severe burns over 87 percent of her body, and her chances of survival were estimated as poor. Her husband later was indicted, tried and acquitted of arson and attempted murder charges.
Against all odds, Humphries battled back, enduring nearly 100 operations to regain her career as a pianist. She had been a concert performer since age 12.
Today, she has a ministry that includes Bryce Christensen and Mike Hall, both sacred concert violinists.
Christensen has an MA in violin performance from the University of Iowa and plays regularly with the Cedar Rapids Symphony. Hall has an M.M. in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and an extensive background in performance from the Bolzano International Institute of Music in Bolzano, Italy, seminar experience in Eisenstadt, Austria and teacher clinician experience with the late Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (founder of the Suzuki Method of violin instruction). He also performs with the Cedar Rapids Symphony.
The trio will perform in the Upper Deer Creek Mennonite Church, Sunday, May 23, at 7 p.m. The program is open to the public.
They also have been invited to perform in Beijing, China for the deputy director of the Beijing Song and Dance Ensemble.
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