One-time YouTube sensation and former presidential candidate's daughter Mary Anne Huntsman will be celebrating a very big first next week: She'll be tickling the ivories at New York City's Carnegie Hall.
"This is my first time playing there," Huntsman told Whispers. "It's a little nerve-racking, but I'm excited."
A trained classical pianist, Huntsman and her two adult sisters were the "Jon2012Girls" back during the 2012 GOP primary, supporting their father, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Their parody of rival candidate Herman Cain's smoking ad was political viral video gold.
Now, the eldest of the Jon2012Girls has linked up with the Peak and Abyss Foundation, which aims to provide underprivileged kids with the experience of seeing live classical music – a goal that's right up Huntsman's alley.
"I remember when I was 5 or 6 years old when my parents took me to my first symphony concert ... and it was actually that performance that made me really want to be a professional musician and be on that stage," Huntsman recalled. "So I think from a young age seeing something like that at a major performing arts center or hall is pretty great, and I think [for] a lot of these kids, having never seen that before, it's a great cause."
Until this month, funds for the concert tickets mainly have been coming out of Peak and Abyss founder Gustavo Sapoznik's pocket, but next Thursday's concert at Carnegie Hall will mark the charity's first big-time fundraiser.
"Classical music is a lost pastime for young people and I hope to share my love of it with others that wouldn't hear it," Sapoznik told Whispers in a statement.
Huntsman recruited fellow pianist Josh Wright to share the stage with her.
"He and I grew up and we studied with the same teacher in Utah and he's a fabulous pianist," she gushed. "And, you know, it's nice to have a guy and a girl and we're both a little different styles of playing." She'll be playing some Chopin and together they'll play the piano "four-hands" style at the conclusion of the hour-long performance, which 200 children are slated to attend.
Also in the audience will be the whole Huntsman crew. While Mary Anne Huntsman splits her time between New York and Washington, sister Liddy lives in D.C., while sister Abby, a co-host on MSNBC's "The Cycle," is in New York. The concert will bring them all together, along with mom Mary Kaye and dad Jon, who also served as the U.S. ambassador to China.
"My parents, they support me at everything," Mary Anne Huntsman said. "They literally fly in, they fly to Europe for me, they fly everywhere, so I'm really lucky to have that support."