The Classical Live performance That Modified Their Lives

The Classical Concert That Changed Their Lives

Carrie Sun and Christopher Cerrone met in Manhattan on April 20, 2018 after a classical music concert at St. Peter’s Church. She had just quit her job with a hedge fund and was about to leave New York. Your movers arrived in 21 days.

Still, they had drinks after the concert and he asked for their number. Then he invited her to a performance of the opera Invisible Cities at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Ms. Sun, 35, who received a degree in math and finance from MIT, accepted his invitation, knowing she would enroll in an MFA creative writing program at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va.

Mr. Cerrone, 36, a graduate of the Yale School of Music where he received masters and doctoral degrees, is now a professional composer. And this opera was his. He was a 2014 Pulitzer finalist in the Music for Composition category.

“I didn’t think a screening was an appropriate date since we barely had time to talk, but he asked me to go to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on a second date,” Ms. Sun said.

She questioned him two days later. “We had three appointments in a week,” she said.

After the third date, the two saw each other every day. They discussed a wide range of topics including: literature, music, economic inequality and “The Sopranos”. They also talked about his father, who emigrated from Italy in the 1940s, and their parents, who studied English in China and then immigrated to the United States – their father in 1988, she and mother in 1990.

“Chris and I discovered that we had voted on Tinder last year, but neither of us had texted each other,” she said. “He looked me up on Facebook and decided not to contact me because I worked in finance.”

Mr. Cerrone had terrible online dating experiences. Ms. Sun’s profile was very minimalist. The only thing that impressed him was a mutual friend who listed them. “With that minuscule detail, I searched Facebook and found Carrie was in finance, which was enough to write her off,” said Cerrone. “Still I called her. When I spoke to her, I realized that she was an extremely interesting and thoughtful person. She asked me to reconsider some of my longstanding prejudices. “

Five days before moving to Virginia, Mr. Cerrone told Ms. Sun that he really liked her, but at the age of 34, he didn’t want to sign up for a two-year long-distance romance. “Neither do I,” said Ms. Sun. She had an offer from the New School for an MFA in creative writing which she declined but called and discovered that the offer and scholarship were still available. “I called Chris. It was decided. I remain.”

Two weeks later, Mr. Cerrone met her parents at a premiere of a violin concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The night before the concert, he told Ms. Sun that he loved her. A month later she moved to his home in Brooklyn.

They were engaged to be engaged on August 30, 2019 after a trip to the Bronx Zoo and then Little Italy on Arthur Avenue, Bronx. “I took Carrie to nearby Ciccarone Park, where I sat her on a bench and suggested,” said Mr. Cerrone. “This was the perfect place. It was nice to see old and young families from different backgrounds gather together. “

The couple were married on December 2 in the Concert Grove area of ​​Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Jennifer Milich, a minister for the Universal Brotherhood Movement, served before her parents, Qiao Cui and Wenqiu Sun of Dexter, Michigan, and the parents of Mr. Cerrone, Barbara Cerrone and Bernard Cerrone of Blue Point, NY, along with some close friends.

“Carrie is the most extraordinary person I have ever met,” said Mr. Cerrone. “Not only is she smart and interesting and nice, but she jumped first and changed her life to be with me. I just want to support her in her work as a writer. “Ms. Sun is currently working on a paper.

“We want to be able to discuss books, films and music in the smallest of spaces for the rest of our lives,” said Cerrone.