Thursday, February 10, 2011

Midwest Young Artists Will Miss Kent Bergren

Allan and I are back from Montana and New York. It was a sad day today.  We paid our respects this afternoon to the Bergren family in Park Ridge who lost a husband, dad, son, and brother this week.  Kent Bergren died suddenly of a heart attack.  He was the dad of Dan ('07 Alum, double bass) and Stephanie ('10 Alum, trumpet).  I first remember meeting Kent and Teresa when we did an outreach concert at Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest.  They had volunteered for the day, and were the best!  We learned that Kent was active in scouting his whole life, but we weren't surprised because we know Dan did his Eagle Scout project for MYA (the wonderful wooden covers for all our trash receptacles in the lobby). 

A few years ago, Kent enclosed a note with his donation to the Annual Fund.  He wanted to tell us a little story that illustrated what MYA meant to him and his family.

This past August, my dad passed away suddently.  He was 83 and in precarious health for the past few years, but we hoped for a few more good ones.  The last time we were together was when Teresa, my mom and dad, and one of my brothers and his wife and a few neighbors traveled downtown Chicago to see the MYA Summer Program concert in July.  As usual, it was wonderful.  And what a beautiful setting!  City of Chicago! Millenium Park! Pritzker Pavilion!

And what was was especially thrilling to our contingent was having both Dan and Stephanie perform together in the jazz band.  Dan was a last-minute substitute for the summer program bass player, and both he and Steph got some solo action.  I will never forget my dad leaning over to me and saying, "It's a Bergren recital up there!" You couldn't find a prouder grandpa in the entire City of Chicago.  

Thank you for all your do, and please accept this contribution in memory of my dad, Louis E. Bergren.

We know that Kent and his dad have reunited this week! 

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