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COLUMBIA CITY â Seldom do you see an orchestra at an elementary school.
Students and staff at Mary Raber Elementary School got a special visit from some of the Fort Wayne Philharmonicâs string section Wednesday.
Members of the Meadowlark Quartet warmed up their instruments as the children entered the gymnasium.
The children used their active listening skills to hear the beautiful sounds of two violins, a viola and a cello playing J.S. Bachâs greatest hits.
Violinist Marey Trentacosti welcomed the children and told them the philharmonic featured 44 full-time musicians.
âWe are four of those full time musicians,â said Trentacosti. âPart of our job is to go to schools like yours and teach you about these instruments. We represent the biggest part of the orchestra, the string section.â
Deb Welter, viola player, told the children about the bows of the instruments while Olga Yurkova plays first violin in the quartet and told the youngsters about Bachâs music.
Cellist Jane Heald explained how the three different instruments played the same notes but at different octaves.
âIt takes a lot of practice to become a musician. Lots of practice,â said Welter.