[Read Enrique Perez and Lydia Ramsey’s companion story – Playing your way to citizenship: A look into the musical side of immigration]
Jessica Bieniarzâ€™s life has revolved around two things: learning to play the cello and coming back to the U.S. Her parentâ€™s commitment to her future led them to uproot their life in Poland in pursuit of a better music future for her.
[audio:https://immigrantconnect.medill.northwestern.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Bieniarz-final-audio-Dec.-4.mp3]Â Listen to Lydia Ramsey’s Playing for America: A girlâ€™s lifelong goal for better music education opportunities
Music courtesy of Vertical Velocity String Quartet, an ensemble that includes Bieniarz on cello, performing Brahms’ String Quartet Op. 51, No. 1 in C minor, Movement 4.