What do we teach our children?
We teach them that two and
two make four, and that Paris
is the capital of France.
When will we also teach them what they are?
We should say to each of them:
You are a marvel.
You are unique.
In all the years that have passed,
there has never been another child like you.
Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.
You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven.
You have the capacity
Yes, you are a marvel.
Joys and Sorrows: Reflections by Pablo Casals, 1970
Photos by Mark Bowen
Gino DiMario, May 17, 1997-February 19, 2005
Gino James DiMario died tragically on February 19, 2005, at age 7½, shortly after performing in the annual piano competition at UC’s College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department. Since then, Gino’s parents, Michael and Sharron DiMario, have worked with the department to keep Gino’s spirit alive.
Gino’s favorite holiday was Halloween, and performers at the annual Gino James DiMario Student Memorial Recital are encouraged to dress up to celebrate the season.
In Gino’s memory, and with the cooperation and support of his parents, CCM Preparatory Department created a special scholarship fund under the direction of Amy Dennison, assistant dean.
The fund rewards students who show the determination, commitment and creativity that Gino embodied. To date, 23 students have received more than $12,000 in scholarship awards through this program.
The Gino James DiMario Memorial Recital began in April, 2005. These annual recitals are hosted each fall by his parents, and students enjoy this wonderful opportunity to perform in one of the region’s most beautiful and acoustically rich concert halls – the the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall at CCM.
The recitals are open to all musicians and theater students in prep and non-prep local institutions. Each participant makes a contribution to the Gino DiMario Endowment Fund. Scholarships are then awarded to students in CCM Prep each year who display the exceptional effort and progress that Gino had shown during his studies at CCM Prep.
I only met Gino DiMario once, when I bumped into him and Sharron in the checkout lane of a Westside store. They were both so happy. I still remember hearing of Gino’s accidental death when our friend Vickie Stump called me with the horrible news. The loss was felt around the city. His grade school cancelled classes on the day of his funeral so his friends could say goodbye.
What to do with that sadness? Sharron and Michael chose to remember Gino with the scholarship fund. I’ve been happy to provide them with photo coverage of both the student memorial recitals as well as the memorial faculty recital. I have so much respect for them and their courage.
The young musicians — some dressed up as a puppy, a hippie, Mario and a baker — are truly inspiring. Many of the piano students can’t reach the pedals so they use a foot rest!
Thank you to Sharron and Michael for their dedication and passion for our children and the talent blooming in our community.
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