Youth Orchestra in New York Hits the Right Note

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NEW YORK — It was a Friday afternoon in November when schoolchildren carrying orchestra instruments arrived with their parents in the auditorium of the Langston Hughes Library in Corona, Queens. As the parents took their seats, the sound of instruments being tuned filled the room. Among the 40 young musicians were the three Abreu siblings: Samuel, 15, a flute player; Miriam, 11, a violinist; and Luisa Ana, 8, a clarinet player.

“A window opens in the brain of a kid who studies music,” their mother, Dolores Abreu, said.

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