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Classical Notes: March 31, 2010 Archive

"Playing Viola Was My Ticket out of Poverty"

Posted at 1:44 PM on March 31, 2010 by Rex Levang
Filed under: Events, Musician stories

This month and next, MPR is organizing a used-instrument drive, getting old instruments out of attics and into the hands of kids. Our listeners have been contributing their own stories about their early involvement with musical instruments, and there are more attention-getting quotes than you can shake a flugelhorn at, including the headline up at the top. Consider:


"A spiritual quest of sorts"

"I was a dweeby nerd"

"I was so bad at first that. . . ."

"Band was the reason I continued my education"


But you can read the complete stories here, and also learn how to participate.