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Teen With Down Syndrome Crushes Stereotypes With Her Music

In March 2013, Christina Clapp performed Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” on piano with the Four Seasons Orchestra at a concert advocating for children with Down syndrome and special needs. Here’s that performance (Christina begins playing around the three-minute mark):

The 14-year-old with Down syndrome from Phoenix, Ariz., learned to play piano from her mom, Daniela, who teaches music to children with cognitive challenges. On Thursday, April 24, Christina will once again perform on a big stage, this time with the Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestra, according to The Arizona Republic.

“The mission is… to show the world what is possible in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles,” Daniela Clapp writes on YouTube. “To ask the world to include and protect people with special needs and to be intentional about it.”

h/t The Arizona Republic