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Free program to be offered for students learning to play string instruments

October 02, 1997

Free program to be offered for students learning to play string instruments

Turtle Island String Quartet will offer a one-hour enrichment program for string instrument students at Hagerstown Junior College's Kepler Theater Saturday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. The free program is sponsored by Machen Music.

Part of what Turtle Island String Quartet does is teach, says co-founder David Balakrishnan.

There needs to be a next generation audience for the music, he says.

Quartet members lead the String Improvisation Workshop at University of Massachusetts Amherst and at the Stanford Jazz Workshop each summer.

Their goal is to show young people that by studying music and working hard, they can have a lot of fun. They want to inspire young musicians and make them feel connected.

"That's what music is all about," Balakrishnan says.

Evan Price, the Smithsburg Middle and High School orchestra director - not the Turtle Island String Quartet violinist of the same name - is really excited about having the internationally renowned quartet conduct an enrichment program here. He expects the traditionally trained musicians to show something about the process of creating contemporary and nontraditional music that is appealing to young people.

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