Three young Minnesotans head for international music stage

by Bob Collins, Minnesota Public Radio
March 6, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — Carnegie Hall has announced that 120 musicians from 33 states will make up the National Youth Orchestra on its eight-stop tour beginning in July.

For the second year Arjun Ganguly, who plays viola, is returning to the orchestra -- one of 26 players to return.

What were you doing at 15?

Arjun Ganguly tells the St. Cloud Times he started playing the viola because his brother did and he thought it would be "cool" to learn.

Ganguly was one of 13 musicians and composers to reach the featured round of Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Minnesota Varsity competition.

Also named to the Orchestra were violinists Emma Richman of Minneapolis and Anna Humphrey of Rogers. Ms. Richman was also a performer in Minnesota Varsity.

Here's the orchestra's full performance in London last year. These are your kids, America.

This article was originally published in MPR News' News Cut blog.

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